Curfew Lifted & Broadband Services Restored in Assam

In a law and order review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on December 16, the authorities decided to lift the curfew in Guwahati on December 17th from 6 am.

Crux of the Matter
  • The curfew was imposed in Guwahati on December 11 after a turn of violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
  • The curfew in Dibrugarh has been relaxed for 14 hours from 6 am to 8 pm on December 17.
  • Operations of broadband internet services have been also resumed in the entire state.
  • Mobile internet services continue to be suspended which has caused a lot of inconvenience to the general public.
  • Assam’s Director General of police Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta said, “Four people have been killed in police action, unfortunately. The situation had become such that the police had to fire in order to save more people and property.”

The Citizenship Amendment Act protests of 2019 in India are a series of ongoing protests in India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 12 December 2019. The reasons given for the protests by participating students organisations, humans rights activists, Muslim organisations and secular groups include alleged religious discrimination and police brutality on university campuses during demonstrations. The people of Assam and other northeastern states are opposing the Act for fear that settlement of non-Muslim illegal immigrants in their regions would change the demographic balance. The protests started in Assam on 4 December 2019, after the bill was introduced in parliament. Later, protests erupted in all of Northeast India, and subsequently all major cities of India. On 15 December, police forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, where protests were being held. More Info