DIBRUGARH: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had to leave for Jorhat by a helicopter to avoid the massive protest brought out by the AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) in Dibrugarh demanding the scrapping of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). Hundreds of members of the Dibrugarh unit of the AASU staged protest in front of the residence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Lakhi Nagar here on Monday.
Chief Minister Sonowal, along with Union Minister Rameswar Teli, was in his parental home at Bindakota under Chabua LAC on Sunday to attend the marriage ceremony of his niece. There also, over one hundred AASU members from different parts of the district staged a massive protest in front of the CM’s residence on Sunday.
Sensing similar trouble on Monday, police and paramilitary forces took up unprecedented security measures at the Chief Minister’s Lakhi Nagar residence and its nearby areas. As the large AASU procession proceeded towards the CM’s residence, there were reports of skirmishes with the police at several places. The protestors braving all police barricades reached the CM’s residence and staged a dharna, besides shouting anti-CAB slogans and demanding immediate scrapping of the Bill.
However, before the AASU’s protest rally reached his residence, Sonowal had reached the Khanikar helipad and left for Jorhat.
Another anti-CAB protest was staged by the Postgraduate Students’ Union of Dibrugarh University in the form of a bicycle rally on the University premises. The students’ organization has banned the entry of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora to the university campus till the unconditional withdrawal of the CAB. The office-bearers of the DU Students’ Union have threatened to intensify the anti-CAB stir in the days to come.