Guwahati, Jan 22: Police detained many AASU activists on Friday in different districts of Assam during the CAA protest. AASU activists hold torchlight rally across the state in protest against the CAA.
Police have resorted to lathi-charge on AASU activists in Tezpur district of Assam.
The incident took place at a time when thousands of AASU protestors took out a torch rally in the city against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
AASU condemned the incident and announced a Sonitpur shutdown on Saturday in protest against the police lathi charge.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has launched its 3-day Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) across the State.
A massive torch rally taken out by the AASU from Swahid Nyas (AASU headquarters) in Guwahati was blocked by the police midway.
AASU leaders including Chief Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and President Dipanka Nath got engaged in a heated argument with the police personnel after being barricaded.
“The Government has directed the police to stop our peaceful democratic torchlight rally. This BJP government is trying to snatch away our democratic right to protest by the means of force,” AASU President Dipanka Nath said.
Nath added, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will be in Assam shortly, and we warn the Centre that we will intensify our agitation against the draconian CAA. No rest until CAA is repealed by the Government,”.
AASU Chief Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya slammed the BJP-led Assam Government over blocking of the ‘democratic and peaceful torch rally’.
In Sivasagar, where PM Modi will take part in a on Saturday, thousands of people took to the streets holding torches in their hands.