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    AASU hoists ‘Black Flags’ during Amit Shah’s Assam visit

    In poll bound Assam, Shah as part of his two-day visit to the state is addressing at the opening ceremony of the first BTR Accord Day celebration in Kokrajhar.

    Guwahati: Continuing its tirade against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) took out rallies and hoisted black flags across the state during Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Assam on Sunday.

    The AASU activist also burnt down posters, where Citizenship Amendment Act was written. In Guwahati, the students’ body hoisted black flags at the AASU headquarters – Swahid Nyas.

    In poll bound Assam, Shah as part of his two-day visit to the state is addressing at the opening ceremony of the first Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) Accord Day celebration in Kokrajhar.

    The BTR accord was signed last year on January 27 in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the celebration of the signing of the accord at Kokrajhar last year.

    The home minister is attending the meeting at Greenfield Ground in Bodofa Nagar where seating arrangements for nearly five lakh people in Kokrajhar have been made. He is also slated to meet the BTC members today.

    Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, BTC Chief Executive Member Promod Boro and other leaders of the party and its allies is present as well.

    Shah will then move to Nalbari and address the Bijay Sankalp election campaign there later in the day.

    AASU, which spearheaded the anti-CAA protests in the state in December 2019, launched a 3-day protest against the legislation beginning Friday.

    The students’ body organization took out serial protests, pressing for their demands which include scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    Meanwhile, there are also reports of face-off between police and AASU activist in Gohpur after black flags were hoisted in the town.

    Several activists were detained by police and currently kept at Gohpur police station.

    While the police and AASU worker engaged in heated face-off in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, police resort to lathi-charge in Tezpur.

    On Saturday, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Assam, AASU activists donning black badges, masks, staged sit-in demonstrations across the state to mark their protests against the CAA.

    The AASU is also in favour of repealing the Environment Impact Assessment Act, and implementation of the report of the Committee on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which safeguards constitutional rights of indigenous people.

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