JORHAT, Dec 12 - Members of AASU, AJYCP and 29 other organizations representing various indigenous groups of the State, held a massive sit-in demonstration on Saturday in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office to protest against the Citizens (Amendment) Act, 2019. They also demanded a high-level inquiry into the death of five youths reportedly due to shooting by security personnel in Guwahati during anti-CAA stir in December last year.
Terming the stir programme as �Gana Hungkar�, the protesters first offered floral tributes and lit earthen lamps in front of the photographs of the five martyred youths. The protesters shouted slogans against the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the Central Government and also gave slogans like �Asomiya zindabad� and �BJP hatao, jati bachao� etc. Jorhat district unit AASU president Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi and assistant general secretary of the State unit of the student body Jul Khound, who addressed the protesters, said that the anti-CAA stir will again continue like year till the said Act was repealed.
AASU State executive member Jitu Neog, Jorhat district unit general secretary Dip Dutta, former AASU leader Niren Sharma, president of CAA Birodhi Oikya Mancha (Jorhat) president Niranjan Mahanta, Jorhat district president (In-charge) of AJYCP Upen Kalita, advocate and activist Sudipta Nayan Goswami, were among those who took part in the protest.
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SIVASAGAR: Demanding a judicial inquiry into the death of five anti-CAA protesters in police firing in Guwahati last year, scrapping of the CAA and unconditional release of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, the Sivasagar district unit of AASU today staged �Gana Hungkar� protest at Muktinath Chariali here.
AASU leaders lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the protest programme. District AASU leaders and members beat drums, blowed conch shells and played other traditional musical instruments to protest against the BJP government�s alleged anti-people and anti-Assamese policies.
AASU members also raised anti-BJP and anti-government slogans condemning the BJP leadership for allegedly turning a deaf ear to the voices of the people. They alleged that the government is trying to stifle all voices of opposition in order to implement its hidden agenda.
NALBARI: The Nalbari district committee of AASU today took out an anti-CAA rally at Nalbari town. The rally started from Swahid Bhawan and marched through the main roads of the town.
A protest meeting was also held at the premises of Nalbari Swahid Bhawan where Bhabajit Bezbaruah, education secretary of the AASU�s central body, Riyajuddin Ahmed, central executive member of AASU, Gunajyoti Pathak, president of Nalbari district unit of AASU, and Akshay Deka, general secretary of the district unit, spoke against the controversial Act.
Earlier, the district AASU unit organised a �Gana Hungkar� programme at the Swahid Bhawan premises this morning.
DERGAON: A protest rally was organised by All Golaghat District Students� Union (AGDSU), a district branch of AASU, at Golaghat town on Saturday.
A large number of students from different educational institutions of Golaghat district under the leadership of Niranjan Sonowal and Prince Doley, the president and secretary of AGDSU respectively took part in the rally.
Delivering his speech, the chief organising secretary of AASU Abhibartan Goswami said that in any situation the CAA can not be accepted.
�The anti-national Act enacted by the BJP government will not be accepted by the people of Assam. The protest will continue with full force and vigour,� he said.
Before the protest meet, a �Gana Hungkar� programme was organised in which the participants registered their protest against the CAA by beating drums, playing dhol and khol etc.
A Correspondent adds from NAGAON: Several organisations, including the district units of All Assam Students� Union and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samittee, staged separate protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) here today.
The AASU members staged �Gana Hungkar� protest near Nagaon Swahid Bhavan by beating drums and playing other traditional musical instruments. They also paid tributes to the five youths who died in police firing during anti-CAA agitation last year.
During the agitation, hundreds of students raised anti-CAA slogans and criticised the ruling government for imposing the contentious Act on the people of the State.
Addressing the gathering, district AASU president Gauri Shankar Saikia and general secretary Amar Jyoti Phukon said that the BJP-led State government has no moral right to observe �Swahid Divas� as the same government had killed five innocent youths in cold blood.
Participating in the stir, former AGP minister and AASU leader Girindra Kumar Boruah opposed the Act and demanded immediate release of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi from jail. The KMSS also held �Janatar Garjan� to register their protest against the CAA.
The district committee of KMSS took out an anti CAA rally from Haiborgaon to Nowgong College point. Several activists from CPI, CPI (ML) and Raijor Dal participated in the KMSS protest. The protesters vowed not to accept the CAA under any circumstances.