City Correspondent GUWAHATI, Jan 10 - The police detained around 37 students from various educational institutions of the State at Dighalipukhuri today for violating Section 144 while they were protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Members of various organisations during their protest, on Thursday. – AT Photo
The students from Cotton University, Handique Girls’ College, B Borooah College, Assam Engineering Institute, Dibrugarh University, Pandu College, Guwahati College, Pragjyotish College etc., were taken to Panbazar Police Station and later released.
The arrested students, representing the student union bodies of their respective institutions, later announced formation of a joint forum to launch a united student movement against the Bill across the State.
The student representatives also published leaflets with an appeal to all sections of people to join the movement. They said they would distribute the leaflets across the State to make people aware of the danger to be caused by the Bill in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the students of Cotton University withdrew their indefinite hunger strike today after the Bill was halted in the Rajya Sabha.
On the other hand, students of Gauhati University today sat on a 10-hour hunger strike in protest against the Bill under the aegis of the Post Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU).
PGSU general secretary Nayan Jyoti Gogoi said that very soon they would publish a booklet on the Assam Accord and the Bill and distribute it across the State to create awareness among the common people.
Moreover, the PGSU will hold a meeting with representatives of various colleges under the Gauhati University to discuss the present situation in the State.
Jorabat Correspondent adds: The Dimoria College Students’ Union (DCSU) has announced its decision to boycott classes for an indefinite period from Thursday in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The students’ union has further announced to initiate a movement against the Bill and appealed to the students of all the colleges to boycott their classes to register a protest against the Bill.
Today the students of Dimoria College gathered at the college gate under DCSU and shouted slogans like ‘Narendra Modi hai hai’, ‘Sarbananda hai hai’ and ‘Reject Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016’.
Meanwhile, the Government of Assam today issued Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in East Police District of Guwahati with immediate effect.
Ramandeep Kaur, DCP, East Police District, Guwahati informed that Section 144 will cover areas under Dispur, Bhangagarh, Basistha, Hatigaon, Sonapur and Khetri police stations.
Section 144 CrPC empowers a magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than five people in an area.