DIBRUGARH, Dec 12 - Hours after the contentious Citizens Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in Rajya Sabha yesterday evening, agitators who have been protesting against the Bill went berserk in the district and resorted to arson and vandalism and the same is being continued. The administration has totally failed to contain the law-and-order situation.
The offices of Chabua Railway Station and Panitola Railway Station were first to be set on fire immediately after the passage of the Bill. The protestors resorted to arson and vandalism at the residence of Dibrugarh MP and Union Minister Rameshwar Teli in Tipling, Duliajan. Residence of the Minister was partly damaged. The protestors dispersed after police rushed to the spot and resorted to blank firing.
Regardless of the curfew, which was imposed in the district immediately after the violent incidents, thousands of protestors have continued to be out in the streets particularly in Thana Chariali, Chowkidinghee and all major roads in the city to express their anger at the indifferent attitude of the state and the Centre. The protestors resorted to stone pelting at the residences of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, MLAs Prasanta Phukan and other MLAs in the district. Irate public also attempted to set ablaze the residence of Chabua MLA Vinod Hazarika.
Police and the security forces continuously tried to disperse the protestors by lobbing tears gas, resorting to blank firing and lathicharge but protesting people regroup at other locations again. Protests have been spontaneous at almost every half a kilometer distance and the police have been struggling to quell them due to inadequate CRPF and Army jawans. The RSS office here was also reportedly vandalized by protestors. Offices of the BJP have also been attacked in several constituencies of the district.
Police forces have totally failed to contain the anarchy in the aftermath of the passage of the Bill. All roads in the district have been blocked with trees, electric poles and burning of tyres. Protestors also burnt vehicles and motorcycles and damaged public properties like signal lights, barricade railings and electric poles.
The Deputy Commissioner has appealed to the people to respect imposition of curfew to bring normalcy in the district. He also urged upon the protestors to be non-violent and ensure movements of emergency services.