Guwahati: Angry protestants go on rampage while protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 that was tabled in the Rajya Sabha today, demanding unconditional withdrawal of the contentious bill, in Guwahati on Dec 11, 2019. The protesters tried to march towards the state secretariat and burnt tyres on the roads, creating a volatile situation, as the police tried to control the unrest by firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas shells. Incidents of violence were reported from various parts of Assam, with at least 25 protesters sustaining injuries in police baton charge. (Photo: IANS)
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New Delhi:

To control the deteriorating law and order situation over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, eight columns of the Indian Army was on Thursday deployed to Assam and Tripura as per the requests made by the governments of the two states.

Five columns, each consisting of 70 soldiers and one or two officers, were deployed in Assam, while three columns have been deployed in Tripura.

Army sources said that the personnel’s task would be to help the local administration wherever and whenever required.

Guwahati has become an epicenter of the anti-CAB protests, prompting the Assam government to place the city under an indefinite curfew.

Both Assam and Tripura plunged into chaos after the Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on Monday midnight and the situation deteriorated after the legislation passed its final hurdle in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday night.

Internet services have been suspended in both the states over fears of the misuse of social media to disturb the peace.

An order issued by the Tripura government also prohibits SMSs on all networks of mobile service providers.

In Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was stuck at the airport earlier on Wednesday after the protests broke out. He, however, managed to reach his residence through the city.

The region is witnessing widespread protests over the Bill, which allows six immigrant communities, barring Muslims, from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh for Indian citizens.

Protesters have expressed concerns that refugees allowed by the Bill could endanger the identity and livelihood of indigenous people.

Before bringing the Bill in Parliament, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held extensive meetings with all the stakeholders in the northeast and made appropriate exceptions.

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