GUWAHATI, March 2 - As many as 17 government offices were damaged at Chabua during the protests against the Centre�s move to amend the citizenship law, Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the State Assembly today.
Miscreants also attacked the house of MLA Binod Hazarika during the protests.
�The violence at Chabua continued sporadically from 9 am of December 12 to around 8 pm. While trying to control the situation, police maintained utmost restraint to ensure there is no casualty,� the minister said, replying to a question by BJP legislator Mrinal Saikia.
According to the minister, 573 arrests have been made across the State in connection with the violence during the protests over the CAA.
While acknowledging the restraint maintained by the police and the tactful handling of the situation, Patowary said a probe is under way to find out if there was any third force behind the incidents.
Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan wanted to government to pass a resolution in the House condemning the large-scale violence during December last.
�Yes, we feel the House should pass a resolution to send across a message and also thank the Assam Police for its efforts,� Patowary added.
Later, in response to a different question, Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed that a total of 48 civilians and 55 policemen were injured during the CAA protests. One of the injured was still undergoing treatment at a hospital. Police has so far registered 430 cases in connection with the violence.