LAKHIMPUR: Lakhimpur district was on boil with anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill agitation programmes on Thursday too. Reiterating the demand to scrap the contentious Bill and to protest against the alleged attack on the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) activists by the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), AASU activists burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal on Thursday too.
Notably, some ABVP members on Wednesday allegedly physically assaulted North Lakhimpur regional AASU organizing secretary Himanshu Sankar Gogoi and another AASU member, Ashimjyoti Lahkar while they were going home after taking part in the anti-CAB torchlight rally and bikshobh programme initiated by Sachetan Chatra Samaj of North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous) in association with Lakhimpur Chatra Samaj on Wednesday evening. In this regard, a case bearing No. 1142/19 under sections 341/294/452/503/34 IPC was registered at North Lakhimpur Police Station as per FIR lodged by the victim.
On the other hand, ABVP members Jagat Borah, Gaurangajit Dutta, Jadumoni Borah, Ujjal Gogoi and Bikramjit Gogoi also filed another case with No. 1141/19 under section 341/352/506/34 IPC at the same Police Station against the AASU members alleging their involvement in an attack incident taking place upon them.
Regarding the assault on AASU activists who protested against the CAB, the Lakhimpur district AASU alleged that BJP had attempted to discourage the anti-CAB movements initiated by the organization by using ABVP members. “Of late, the Union and State governments have not only attempted to impose the CAB forcefully to destroy the Assamese community, its language, literature and culture, but also hatched shrewd conspiracy to discourage the democratic anti-CAB movements by sponsoring violence,” stated Lakhimpur district AASU secretary Dhanmoni Dutta. He threatened that the situation would deteriorate with intensified democratic movements if the CAB was passed.
Regarding the issue, the AASU activists burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at North Lakhimpur College Chariali on Thursday expressing vehement resentment over the alleged attack. The protesters rocked the environment by shouting slogans against the Chief Minister, State and Union governments as well as CAB.
On the other hand, the activists of the AASU unit of Lakhimpur Commerce College also burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and State Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Girls’ HS School Chariali at North Lakhimpur town demanding to scrap the controversial Bill.