Anti-CAB protests spread and intensified in Assam on December 12 even after attempts by the administration to quell the situation through indefinite curfew in different towns; suspension of internet services and calling in Army on the streets failing to yield any significant results.
Spontaneous shutdowns in nearly all parts of Brahmaputra Valley have brought normal life to a near standstill since the last three days.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have appealed for peace and urged the people to show restraint.
Sonowal, who has been at the receiving end of people’s wrath over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) issue, claimed that a section of people were spreading misinformation and trying to destabilize the state on the pretext of CAB, and reiterated the government’s commitment to protect the culture, language as well as political and land rights of the people of Assam by implementing the Assam Accord.
Indefinite curfew since December 11 continued in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, while the same was also imposed in Tezpur police station and Dhekiajuli police station areas of Sonitpur district on December 12.
Night curfew has been imposed in Tinsukia and Jorhat towns from today.
Army has been called out in several places, including Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Tezpur and Jorhat, to conduct flag march and assist the civil administration in restoring law and order.
The 24-hour ban on internet services in 10 districts from December 11 evening has been extended for another 48 hours, while all educational institutions in 11 districts have been ordered closed till December 22.
As the civil and police administration, assisted by the Army, grapple to tackle the deteriorating law and order situation with tension spreading to new areas, a major upheaval of the top police ranks were also affected on December 12.