TINSUKIA: Anti-CAA protests continue to rent Tinsukia air with different organizations joining the rally from all directions and culminating at Tinsukia. Though Gana Jagaran Manch, a public body constituted recently under the aegis of AASU with senior journalist Amulya Khatoniar as chief convenor and JP Das as coordinator and chalked out a systematic plan of agitation, many groups, particularly from rural areas, had been carrying out protest independently which not only have created panic among the general public but also posed problems for security personnel.
The tea tribe students’ body, ATTSA, organized a mass rally at Senairam School Boarding Field on Wednesday while Indian Medical Association (IMA) along with Tinsukia Baparik Santha and Senior Citizen Association staged a protest rally on Tuesday.
As some incidents of arson took place during curfew hours in past few days, the night curfew as a precautionary step is retained from 6 pm to 5am. The train services which were disrupted in Tinsukia-Dibrugarh section due to extensive damage to level crossing and railway stations like Panitola and Chabua have been resumed from Wednesday with only 2 trains namely Intercity Express and Rajdhani Express availed the main route while Brahmaputra Mail had been diverted via Moran.
Most hard hit is the banking service. The public have been facing acute shortage of cash as most of the ATMs are either dried or kept open only for few hours. While the State Bank of India has been maintaining half-day service, the business establishments prefer to shut down their shutters after 12 noon as the protesters start assembling in Tinsukia from across the district.