|AASU stages hunger strike|
DIBRUGARH, Feb 4 - The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) unit of Dibrugarh University in collaboration with some 30 other organisations today staged a ten-hour hunger strike at the main entrance of the varsity in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Activists of AASU, Mariani unit and 30 organisations staging hunger strike, at Mariani on Monday. – UB Photos
The hunger strike was led by Udipjyoti Gogoi, executive member, AASU, Mridul Gogoi, president, Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Students’ Union (DUPGSU) and David Hazarika, former general Secretary, DUPGSU.
Our Jorhat Staff Correspondent adds: Activists of AASU and 30 other organisations today observed a 10-hour hunger strike in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Over 60 activists took part in the protest that was observed from 6 am to 4 pm. Members of several student unions of colleges, affiliated to AASU and also members of different social and organisations that included many former AASU leaders joined the protest.
Our Dhemaji Correspondent adds: Supporting the Statewide hunger strike in protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 launched by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 30 other organisations, 23 anchalik committees of the AASU in Dhemaji district staged the protest at different places of the district. The protesters staged the 10-hour hunger strike at Dhemaji, Bordoloni, Gogamukh, Silapathar, Sissiborgaon and Jonai areas, which passed off peacefully.
The leaders of AASU and other protesting organisations have cautioned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal not to support the bill and made it clear that their democratic movement would continue till the controversial bill is scrapped.
Our Doomdooma Correspondent adds: At the call of the All Assam Students’ Union and 30 other national and ethnic organisations, the Doomdooma Regional Committee of the AASU also sat for a ten-hour hunger strike today at the entrance of Doomdooma town field against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The students’ body was also protesting against the police harassment on the AASU activists in Tinsukia district. AASU organising secretary Deepankar Sonowal, Tinsukia District Committee president Binay Dubey also participated in the hunger strike. A protest meeting was also held which was conducted by AASU activist Kalyan Moran. Representatives of various organisations addressed the meeting and strongly opposed the controversial bill.
Our Barpeta Correspondent adds: Members of the All Assam Students’ Union organised a ten-hour hunger strike in different parts of Barpeta district protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The programme was observed in front of the Swahid Bhawan here. Anchalik committees of AASU organised the hunger strike at Sarthebari, Chenga, Howli, Sarbhog and Barpetaroad. The CPI (M) also organised a protest demonstration against the bill at the Gandhi Mandap at Sarbhog in the district.
A Correspondent adds from Nagaon: Hundreds members of the district body of the All Assam Students’ Union on Monday, staged sit-in protests for 10 hours against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here in Nagaon.