Curfew to be Lifted in Assam.

The curfew and internet ban in the North Eastern states will be lifted from Tuesday morning.
Written By Aravind Peesapati | Updated: December 17, 2019 19:06 IST
Curfew to be Lifted in Assam.

The Assam government has announced that the curfew imposed on the state would get lifted from 6 AM on Tuesday. Internet connectivity, which had cut off, will also commence once more. The decision to cut off the internet and impose curfew followed a series of violent clashes and protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which had passed by Parliament. 

Residents of Assam, and particularly ethnic Ahoms, feared that the CAB would result in the state getting flooded by illegal Bengali - Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, who would then receive legal citizenship. Several political leaders in Assam, most notably Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, expressed discontent with the Bill. Mahanta was Assam's first Chief Minister and a founder member of the All Assam Students Union, which is currently in the Opposition in the Assam Legislature. 
While the state continues to play host to protests over the CAB, it had hoped that this move, by Chief Minister Sarabananda Sonowal, will usher in some relative peace in the fraught state. It remains to see whether the state will implement the CAB, or dissent against the center, as Kerala and Punjab have. Nonetheless, the loosening up of State repression has allowed the hope that normalcy and peace will, eventually, return to the North East.