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Anti-Citizenship law protests rage on in NE, Bengal

Schools and offices remained shut in Guwahati, officials said. Suspension of internet services across Assam was extended for 48 hours till December 16 to prevent misuse of social media in disturbing peace and to maintain law and order in the state, additional chief secretary (home and political department) Sanjay Krishna said.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2019, 10.34 PM IST|Original: Dec 14, 2019, 10.34 PM IST
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Guwahati/Shillong/Kohima/Kolkata: Protests against the new citizenship act continued Saturday in several parts of Northeast and West Bengal, even as curfew imposed to quell violence was relaxed in some places.

Nagaland observed a six-hour shutdown against the law. Schools, colleges and markets remained closed. In West Bengal, protesters set fire to buses on Kona Expressway, a portion of the Sankrail railway station and a toll plaza in Murshidabad, officials said. In Assam, the toll in the protests rose to three as suspected miscreants set ablaze an oil tanker at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district and killed its driver during curfew on Friday.

Schools and offices remained shut in Guwahati, officials said. Suspension of internet services across Assam was extended for 48 hours till December 16 to prevent misuse of social media in disturbing peace and to maintain law and order in the state, additional chief secretary (home and political department) Sanjay Krishna said.

The suspension — introduced after widespread protests against the new law that gives persecuted Hindus from three countries three easy access to citizenship — was to come to an end Saturday. Police in Assam arrested pro-talk ULFA leader Jiten Dutta.

But they had to fire in the air to disperse a crowd that wanted to stop from them from making the arrest. Train services to Guwahati were disrupted. The indefinite curfew was relaxed for several hours in Dibrugarh and Guwahati, which has emerged as the epicentre of protests against the contentious piece of legislation. Tripura returned to normalcy as shops opened Saturday and people were seen shopping at local markets.
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