Bangladeshi infiltrators, Congress and other opposition parties are fueling unrest in the North-East, especially Assam, says BJP. The state government sources heaved a sigh of relief as protests are “getting fizzled out”.
On Saturday, people came out in large numbers to purchase household essentials. Cars were seen outside petrol pumps for refuelling. At least two people have died during violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which is now a law after the President’s assent.
In the wake of protests, the state government had imposed curfew in Guwahati. On Saturday, the curfew was relaxed for seven hours since 9 a.m., as the situation improved in Assam, even though train services continued to be affected. According to media reports, in Dibrugarh municipal area, the curfew was relaxed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With prohibitory orders relaxed till 4 p.m., shops and markets opened in the capital city and some vehicles were seen plying on the roads. However, schools continued to remain shut. Sensitive districts have been put on high alert by security forces.
A senior police official said, “The situation has improved drastically. Trouble-makers are being identified. Curfew has been withdrawn up to 4 p.m. today. Normalcy is slowly returning.”
According to him, all efforts will be taken to bring situation under control. Trouble-makers are being rounded up. However, he refused to give any number of people who have been arrested.
“The local passenger trains were not running. Long distance trains to Dibrugarh and Tinsukia are being short terminated in Guwahati. However, Long distance trains to Agartala and Silchar are plying,” NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda told a media outlet.
On Thursday, thousands of people defied the curfew and took to the streets as the raging agitation saw the house of an MLA and a Circle Officer set ablaze, while the government removed two key police officers.