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Citizenship bill agitators raise black flags, protest nude during Modi’s Assam visit | India News


GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra
Modi
s second day in
Assam saw
nude protests, a bandh, raising of
black
flags and burning of effigies by
agitators over the contentious
Citizenship(Amendment)
Bill.

Six Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) activists were taken into police custody on Saturday when they stripped naked in front of Janata Bhawan — the state secretariat here.

The KMSS activists had arrived in cars and stripped naked before holding the protests.

The Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad had called a 12-hour bandh in the state to
protest against the prime minister’s
visit and its impact was felt in the upper
Assam districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur and Jorhat with vehicles remaining off the road and shops and business establishments closed.

The bandh was supported by the KMSS along with 70 other organisations jointly protesting against the
bill.

The All
Assam Students’ Union (AASU) claimed that police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse its activists who had assembled with
black
flags and
black balloons at the Amingaon-Hajo Road, about 10 km from
Modi
s rally at Changsari.

The protesters burnt effigies of the prime minister and released
black balloons into the air in different districts across the state.

Modi was shown
black
flags in at least two places here on Saturday for the second consecutive day while on his way to the airport from the Raj Bhawan here.

Protesters, belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), showed
black
flags to Modi at Machkhowa area.

Minutes later, a group of students of the Gauhati University too waved
black
flags at Modi in the Jalukbari area.

Both the groups were detained as soon as they lodged their
protest, police said.

A few students of the Gauhati University alleged that they were manhandled by police.

On Friday evening, the prime minister was shown
black
flags in at least four different locations as soon as he landed in Guwahati and was travelling from the airport to the Raj Bhawan to spend the night.

The
Citizenship (Amendment)
Bill seeks to provide Indian
citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.

The
bill was passed by the Lok Sabha
during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod.



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