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Night curfew lifted from Jorhat; anti-CAA protests continue

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 17 - The Jorhat district administration today withdrew night curfew which was in force since December 12 in areas under the Jorhat Sadar subdivision in view of normalcy fully returning back in the district.

The night curfew, which was for first two days from 6 pm to 6 am was in the next three days relaxed to 10 pm to 6 am, in areas under the Jorhat Sadar subdivision that included Jorhat town and outskirts under Jorhat East, Jorhat West and Teok Revenue Circles.

Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati told this newspaper that in view of normalcy returning in the district, the administration has lifted the night curfew imposed in Jorhat Sadar subdivision from tonight.

She said that the district administration and police will be keeping a close watch on the situation. The restrictions imposed by the district administration on the citizens under Section 144 CrPC since December 7 will be in force, the DC said.

Protest continues: Meanwhile, the protest against the CAA continued today with hundreds of people assembling at the AT Road in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office since morning and staging sit-in-stirs and holding protest meetings throughout the day.

The protesters in large numbers including women came to the area (protest site) from various localities of the town and the outskirts in processions by holding banners, posters and placards opposing CAA and giving slogans against the BJP-led Governments at the Centre and the State.

A group of students, teachers and employees of the Jagannath Barooah College here too were part of the protesters that came shouting slogans and holding posters and banners and joined the protest.

People holding banners of Jorhat Drugs Dealers� Association, Sadou Asom Prashasanik Karmachari Parishad and Jorhat Bengali Samaj joined the AJYCP activists who were on a 36-hour fast since Monday from 5 am besides the AT Road (opposite to Jorhat DC office).

A group of Hindi-speaking people, originally from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, presently residing in Jorhat since a long time back, under the banner of Jorhat Hindustani Samaj took out a rally and joined the protesters.

Protesters responding to calls given by many speakers shouted slogans against CAA and BJP leaders and chanted Joi Ai Asom in short intervals of time.

Several speakers, while coming down heavily on BJP leaders and the two Governments (Narendra-Modi- led and Sarbananda Sonowal-led), appealed to BJP workers to quit the saffron party and join the protest against CAA in the interest of the Assamese society.

Rush in petrol outlets and LPG continued today but with the arrival of new stocks, the outlets were able to serve more customers than on the previous days.

Two arrested: In the meantime, two persons � Mohammed Jalal of Rupahi Ali and Bhim Das of Tarajan localities of Jorhat town � were arrested by police on charges of instigation of fomenting violence during the protest period in the recent days. They have been under arrested under several Sections of the IPC that included 120 (B), 151, 152, 153 (A), 425 and 427.

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Night curfew lifted from Jorhat; anti-CAA protests continue

JORHAT, Dec 17 - The Jorhat district administration today withdrew night curfew which was in force since December 12 in areas under the Jorhat Sadar subdivision in view of normalcy fully returning back in the district.

The night curfew, which was for first two days from 6 pm to 6 am was in the next three days relaxed to 10 pm to 6 am, in areas under the Jorhat Sadar subdivision that included Jorhat town and outskirts under Jorhat East, Jorhat West and Teok Revenue Circles.

Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati told this newspaper that in view of normalcy returning in the district, the administration has lifted the night curfew imposed in Jorhat Sadar subdivision from tonight.

She said that the district administration and police will be keeping a close watch on the situation. The restrictions imposed by the district administration on the citizens under Section 144 CrPC since December 7 will be in force, the DC said.

Protest continues: Meanwhile, the protest against the CAA continued today with hundreds of people assembling at the AT Road in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner�s office since morning and staging sit-in-stirs and holding protest meetings throughout the day.

The protesters in large numbers including women came to the area (protest site) from various localities of the town and the outskirts in processions by holding banners, posters and placards opposing CAA and giving slogans against the BJP-led Governments at the Centre and the State.

A group of students, teachers and employees of the Jagannath Barooah College here too were part of the protesters that came shouting slogans and holding posters and banners and joined the protest.

People holding banners of Jorhat Drugs Dealers� Association, Sadou Asom Prashasanik Karmachari Parishad and Jorhat Bengali Samaj joined the AJYCP activists who were on a 36-hour fast since Monday from 5 am besides the AT Road (opposite to Jorhat DC office).

A group of Hindi-speaking people, originally from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, presently residing in Jorhat since a long time back, under the banner of Jorhat Hindustani Samaj took out a rally and joined the protesters.

Protesters responding to calls given by many speakers shouted slogans against CAA and BJP leaders and chanted Joi Ai Asom in short intervals of time.

Several speakers, while coming down heavily on BJP leaders and the two Governments (Narendra-Modi- led and Sarbananda Sonowal-led), appealed to BJP workers to quit the saffron party and join the protest against CAA in the interest of the Assamese society.

Rush in petrol outlets and LPG continued today but with the arrival of new stocks, the outlets were able to serve more customers than on the previous days.

Two arrested: In the meantime, two persons � Mohammed Jalal of Rupahi Ali and Bhim Das of Tarajan localities of Jorhat town � were arrested by police on charges of instigation of fomenting violence during the protest period in the recent days. They have been under arrested under several Sections of the IPC that included 120 (B), 151, 152, 153 (A), 425 and 427.