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COVID-19: Police fire in the air to control angry mobs in Assam

This is second such attack on police after a group of mob attacked policemen in Dhubri on Friday.A senior police officer, who does not want to be named, told ET, “Large number of people crowded market place, when police stopped them. They resorted to stone pelting. Later police had to fire in the air to disperse the crowd. A policeman was injured.”

  • Following the Bodo Accord,the Assam government has appealed to anti-talk ULFA, which is also known as Ulfa (Independent), under commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah to emulate the footsteps of Bodo outfits and agree to have peace talks with the state government.

    Delhi Alumni Association of Assam (DAAA) advocated for setting up of Citizen Assistance centres in cities and towns to provide information on matters of public interest, government schemes, receive public grievances and facilitate redressal, forward suggestions of citizens to the government on public welfare. DAAA is a platform of bureaucrats, academia and other people from Assam who studied in Delhi.

    Nilay Dutta, a member of the high-powered committee on clause 6 of Assam Accord, has requested all other members to agree to make the report public in the interest of transparency. Clause 6 of Assam Accord provides constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to the heritage and cultural, social and linguistic identity of Assamese people.

    It was also decided at the meeting that the state government will not issue any directive regarding the ongoing lockdown and follow only the Centre's advisories.

    The Centre on Friday said delimitation of constituencies will be carried out in Assam now.

    An advisory issued by Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said on Monday that residents, who went abroad 30 days before the suspension of international flights from March 22 and are unable to return to their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak, will receive the one-time financial assistance of USD 2,000.

    Addressing a press conference, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government wants to regulate the inflow of the people, including permanent residents, who are planning to come to Assam after the nationwide lockdown is over.

    The Government further instructed the heads of the institutions to ensure necessary sanitation measures accordingly.This preventive measures shall remain in force till April 15, 2020.

    Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president, Ripun Bora on Sunday said, “Any foreigner who got citizenship post March 24, 1971 irrespective of their religious affiliation will be made stateless, if congress comes to power in Assam in 2021 assembly polls.”

    Sarma said after Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, minorities in Bangladesh have not faced atrocities. Assam is facing a massive anti-CAA protest since December 9 as the residents fear the CAA would grant citizenship to a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants, which might dilute their culture and language.

    Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary reviewed a preparedness meeting for the state. The meeting was attended by the health officials, divisional superintendents of Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC), executive and junior engineers of Inland Water Transport (IWT), and representatives of bus operators, cab operators, auto rickshaw operators, Ola, Uber, Rapido services etc.

    The government plans to convert the religious education structures into high schools within four-five months. The move would not affect any privately run religious institutions.

    Assam’s parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, replying on behalf of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also in charge of the home department, said in a written reply to a question in the state assembly that the rejection slip will mention the reasons for excluding a person’s name from the final NRC.

    Assam police is investigating the role of PFI in the anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) violent protest on December 10 and 11.

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