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Anti-CAA protests: Assam Police flexes muscle to deal with situation

First Published: 1st March, 2024 18:17 IST

Foot patrolling by Assam Police personnel has already begun in Guwahati to allay any kind of apprehensions prevailing amongst the common citizens.

Amid apprehensions of protests over possible notification of CAA rules, Assam DGP GP Singh today said the state police will not allow deterioration of the law and order situation or threat to public life and property at any cost.

Taking to X, DGP Singh said while some people have spoken about the right to protest it was important to refresh the memory of people about the vandalism and incidents of arson including the one that occured at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in December 2019 during the anti-CAA agitation.

The Assam DGP in his post on X said, “Some people have spoken about right to protest, a lot of people have spoken about “ভয়াৱহ আন্দোলন ভয়ংকৰ আন্দোলন”
I want to refresh the memory of people with what such words led to in December 2019. Vandalism & arson, including at our revered Srimanta Sankardev Kalashetra.
@assampolice would not let the same happen in 2024.
As Director General of Police & Head of Police Force, it’s my duty to make people aware of the situation.”

The Assam top cop also shared pictures of Assam Police personnel who were seen carrying out foot patrol in Guwahati.

DGP Singh said, “To keep Guwahatians safe. Assam Police remains committed to maintain L&O and tranquility under all circumstances.”

An agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is likely to happen once again as the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 other organisations have planned to go for statewide protests including a 12-hour hunger strike in all districts on March 9 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state.

On Thursday, the United Opposition Forum (UOF), a group of 16 opposition parties in Assam also submitted a memorandum to President Draupadi Murmu through Governor Gulab Chand Kataria seeking repeal of the CAA and its non-implementation in Assam.

On February 9, Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a clear message had said that the rules for implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be issued before the coming Lok Sabha poll.

The process to grant Indian citizenship to the beneficiaries will start soon after, the Union Home Minister had added.

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