DHEMAJI, Dec 12 - Irate people of Dhemaji district have been taking to streets at different places like Gogamukh, Bordoloni, Silapatahr and Jonai for the last three days in protest against the Central government’s move to enforce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The protesters including a large number of women blocked the National Highway-52 at different portions and shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and State ministers for introducing the CAB.
The local residents irrespective of caste and religion are taking part in the indefinite strike against CAB and have made a pledge to continue their movement with a ‘do and die’ attitude until the Central government takes a decision to exclude Assam from the purview of the Bill.
The protesters on Tuesday blocked the highway at Dhemaji, Silapathar and Jonai areas and snapped road communication. They also took out torchlight procession along the town roads in the evening, shouted slogans against the governments supporting the CAB.
The protesters fear that CAB will develop discrimination among different communities of Assam and it will diminish the very identity of indigenous Assamese people in terms of language, culture and ethnic tradition.
They also feel that CAB will adversely affect the demography of the State, particularly the Brahamaputra valley and the tribal belts.
“We can never accept the CAB. The CAB is not relevant for Assamese people. The Central government’s imprudent act of introducing such a contentious act to give citizenship to refugees and other foreigners from religious point of view is not acceptable to us,” rued the protesters.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been kept suspended in the district since yesterday, citing the possibility of adverse affect the social media may cause on the law-and-order situation in the district.
Following the Assam bandh call and anti-CAB strike, shops and business establishments throughout Dhemaji district have remaining closed, while traffic movement along National Highway-15 and town roads have stopped.
The NF railway has suspended operation of passenger trains from Murkongselek station for the last two days due to blockades by the anti-CAB protesters. However, the authority is running Murkongselek to Kamakhya Intercity Express following earlier time schedule.