Normal life hit by Assam bandh; Govt suspends NRC update

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 21:36

Guwahati: Violence erupted in minority-
dominated areas in lower Assam during a statewide bandh called
to protest the death of four students in police firing as the
government temporarily suspended update of the National
Register of Citizens (NRC) which led to the tension.

Armed protesters attempted to block a road connecting
Sonitpur district with upper Assam and fired at the police at
Poruwa Chariali area in Tezpur during the 12-hour bandh called
by the All Assam Minority Students Union, police said.

Police picked up bandh supporters who attempted to
close shops at Baruah Chowk and Garowaripatty areas in Tezpur.

The army was alerted to assist the administration in
minority-dominated areas in Sonitpur if the situation
worsened, officials said.

In Barpeta district, where the four students were
killed yesterday while demanding a halt to the update of NRC,
agitators beat up people at Goremari Bazar area, locals
alleged.

In Morigaon district, AAMSU activists burnt tyres
blocking a road leading to Nagaon district, police said.

The Assam government announced temporary suspension of
updating of the NRC.

The AAMSU was opposing the update process fearing that
names of genuine Indian citizens would be deleted from the
NRC.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the decision to
suspend the process would be be reviewed soon.

Gogoi also ordered a magisterial inquiry into
yesterday`s firing.

Senior Minister Bhumidhar Barman, who visited the spot
during the day, announced payment of Rs three lakh to the
families of the dead.

At least four students were killed and 50 injured when
the police opened fire on AMSU activists who tried to stop
updating of the NRC in Barpeta town.

Meanwhile, the influential All Assam Students Union
criticised Gogoi for succumbing to the pressure of minority
groups in the interest of the Congress` vote bank.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 21:36

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