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3 Dead In Police Firing In Guwahati Amid Protests Over Citizenship Bill

3 Dead In Police Firing In Guwahati Amid Protests Over Citizenship Bill

The centre has deployed army personnel in areas where violent protests are raging.

Guwahati:

At least three protesters were killed and many others injured in police firing in Assam's Guwahati amid a raging agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Thursday evening. The incident occurred even as thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city in defiance of a curfew imposed on the city after the parliament cleared the contentious legislation on Wednesday night.

Earlier today, the government had extended the suspension of Internet services in 10 districts of Assam for another 48 hours, and deployed army personnel in four areas where clashes between protesters and police were witnessed. 

Many other parts of the Northeast were plunged into chaos too, forcing the suspension of train services to Assam and Tripura and spurring several airlines to cancel flights to Guwahati and Dibrugarh. The residences of several politicians, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister Rameswar Teli, were also attacked by protesters.

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