AASU blocks NHs in Assam in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) called for one-hour national highways blockade in Assam on Tuesday protesting against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the January 27 thrashing of AASU members at Nalbari.

The protest, supported by Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Goriya Moriya Students’ Union and other student bodies, saw good response in various parts of Assam, including Guwahati city where the national highways were blocked at several places.

Students blocked the roads from 12 noon to 1 pm and shouted slogans condemning the Sarbananda Sonowal-led state government and the Narendra Modi government at the centre for pushing ahead with the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The blockade call was given in protest against the thrashing of AASU activists at Ghograpara in Nalbari on January 27 for waving black flags to Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Addressing a press conference held at Swahid Bhavan in Guwahati on Monday, AASU’s chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya warned the BJP that “its consequence would be very dangerous”.

“The government and the BJP would be given proper reply to every assault on the AASU members. No one will get respite,” said Bhattacharya.

The assault on detained protesting AASU workers by BJP workers at the police station on January 27 has been termed by Bhattacharya as BJP’s ‘barbarism’.

Black flags are being shown to the state ministers and ruling party leader at various places in Assam in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.