Citizenship Act protests: Curfew relaxed till 1 pm in Assam’s Dibrugarh, Guwahati; AASU calls for hunger strike

The indefinite curfew which was in force in Dibrugarh and Guwahati in Assam, was on Friday relaxed for 5 hours from 8 am-1 pm by the district administration as the region returns to normalcy following protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Meanwhile, a large number of protestors gathered in Chandamari area of Guwahati to observe a hunger strike called by All Assam Students’ Union against the Act

The development comes a day after the authorities decided to extend the 24-hour curfew to 48-hour in Dibrugarh. Meanwhile, the suspension of mobile internet services in the state was extended for another 48 hours, till 7 pm on Saturday, in 10 districts – Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (metro) and Kamrup.

On Thursday, violent protests rocked Assam and other northeastern states against the controversial Bill that was passed by the Parliament earlier this week and has now become an act following President’s nod yesterday.