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Bandh cripples normal life in Assam; protesters vandalise BJP office
The 11-hour-long bandh called by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) along with other 28 organisations and supported by some organisations including the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) against the controversial Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016 paralysed normal life on Tuesday in Assam.

The bandh which started at 5 am received large scale mass support especially in the Brahmaputra valley. As per information many protesters targeted BJP's offices in some parts of the state.  A group of bandh supporters vandalised BJP's office in upper Assam district of Golaghat. Some other places in the state, too, witnessed such vandalism despite mammoth security arrangements.

The Union government had, reportedly, presented the controversial Bill in the Lok Sabha ignoring massive protest in Assam which angered the protesters even more. The NESO, which is an umbrella organisation of almost the students' bodies in the Northeast, has also today called an 11-hour-long Northeast India bandh.

On Monday, while a group of activists of the KMSS staged naked protest in front of the Parliament demanding scrapping of the controversial Bill, some other organisations and conscious citizens observed peaceful protests in the state. They observed the protest as a 'black day'.  Social media profiles of many Assamese people were flooded with resenting and condemning updates against the Narendra Modi government as well as the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016. Even some journalists also have taken part in the protests.

The Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to grant the Indian citizenship to those non-Muslim immigrants who entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 31 December, 2014, which has been decried by several pressure groups in Assam apart from some intellectuals and conscious citizens. Interestingly, the Asom Gana Parishad, an ally of the BJP-led coalition government in Assam, on Monday, had cut its ties with the saffron party over the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016.

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