The North East is on the boil ever since the passage of the citizenship (amendment) bill in the Lok Sabha. Now after it cleared the Rajya Sabha tests the protests have only intensified.
The Railways has suspended all local train services in Tripura and Assam, and short-terminated long-distance trains at Guwahati following protests in the two states over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, a railway spokesperson said .
The decision was taken on Wednesday night in view of the security situation in the region, Northeast Frontier Railway spokesperson Subhanan Chanda said, adding many passengers are stranded in Kamakhya and Guwahati.
“Passengers are stranded and we are trying to help them as much as possible. We are mulling to run special trains to ferry these passengers, but are still weighing if the risk is worth it.
Several private airlines have cancelled flights from Kolkata to Assam and other Northeastern states, officials said.
Not all but some private operators have cancelled their flights to Assam and other northeastern states since Thursday morning, a senior official of Kolkata airport said.
“We can’t just give the details of the flights as of now. But several flights have been cancelled,” the official said.
People defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest the bill as the situation remained tense throughout Assam, with the army conducting flag march in the city.
Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.
All Assam Student’s Union has called for a protest in Guwahati, while the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti appealed to the people to come out on the road for peaceful protest.
The people were on the road in the night despite curfew.