Citizenship Law: Assam Students Union declares 3-day Satyagraha; UK, US, ISrael issue travel advisories to tourists
Guwahati| Fierce protests have been going on in the northeastern states for six days in protest against citizenship law. Curfew was relaxed on Saturday in Assam from 9 am to 4 pm. However, Internet service will remain shut. At the same time, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has declared Satyagraha for 3 days. The Naga Students Federation (NSF) had called for a six-hour shutdown on Saturday. Thousands of Muslims in Assam staged a rally on Friday to protest the citizenship law. Meanwhile, Delhi Police arrested 42 students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Due to the protests in the northeast, the US, UK and Israel have issued travel advisories for their citizens. The US Advisory says it has temporarily postponed the official visit to Assam.
US Embassy and Consulates in India have issued travel alert for US citizens in northeastern states of India.
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US Embassy and Consulates in India have issued travel alert for US citizens in northeastern states of India.— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2019
Railways have run special trains for tourists and travellers stranded in Guwahati. The trains will transport passengers to other safe stations in the state from where they can travel to their homes. This information was given by the Public Relations Officer of the North Eastern Frontier Railway. On Friday, a special train was also run between Furkating and Dibrugarh.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting in Guwahati on December 15-16 has been postponed due to fierce protests in the northeastern states. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan have also cancelled their visit to India.
Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Shillong has also been cancelled. He was supposed to attend an event here on Sunday.
Chief ministers of West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have said that they will not enforce citizenship law in their state. An official at the centre told the news agency that the state cannot refuse to enforce the central law.
The BJP will launch an awareness campaign on Citizenship Amendment Law between December 14-18 in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Guwahati and Lucknow. Meanwhile, All Assam Student Union, a student organization leading the movement, has filed a petition against the law in the Supreme Court. Sajjal Bhattacharya, the chief advisor of the organization, said that the BJP government cheated the people of Assam. Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra has challenged citizenship law in the Supreme Court.
Things are improving in most parts of Tripura, but on Friday the newly formed non-tribal union Bengali Oikaya Forum announced a 48-hour shutdown. Telephone and Internet services are also banned here for the third day. In Meghalaya, mobile and Internet services are also being banned. Things are still tense in Shillong.