CAA protest in Assam: Around 200 people including Congress leader arrested

CAA protest in Assam: Around 200 people including Congress leader arrested
CAA Row in Assam

GUWAHATI | DEC 17, 2019:

Nearly 200 people have been arrested including a Congress leader for conspiring and indulging in violence in Assam, where angry protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act were held last week.

Assam's police chief, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, said 190 protesters had been arrested and that 136 cases had been registered.

The police claims there's a political conspiracy behind the violence. Mahanta said some conspirators had been arrested, including "major leaders" from various organisations.

In addition to the arrests, over 3,000 people have been detained across Assam.

Young students detained for participating in protests have been allowed to leave after counselling.

Assam has witnessed one of the worst violent protests by the public in its history with three rail stations, post office, bank, bus terminus, shops, dozens of vehicles and many other public properties being set ablaze or totally damaged.

After Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday night, the state erupted in uncontrolled protests, in which agitators engaged in pitch battle in almost every major city or town, forcing the administration to impose a curfew.

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