Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew and Army was deployed in the city and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura on Wednesday as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, officials said.
Army PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said two Army columns have been deployed in Guwahati and are carrying out flag marches. Reports from Tinsukia quoting officials said the Army has been deployed in the district and was carrying out flag marches.
A Defence spokesman had earlier said in a statement in Shillong that two columns of the Army were deployed in Tripura. In a late evening clarification, it said that troops of the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force commanded by Army officials, were pressed into service in Tripura.
Internet services have been suspended in 10 districts of Assam, beginning 7 pm on Wednesday, as massive protests raged across cities, to prevent "misuse" of social media to disturb peace and tranquillity and maintain law and order.
Internet services have been suspended in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup, a notification issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Political Department) Kumar Sanjay Krishna, said.
Internet services are already suspended in the entire state of Tripura for 48 hours from 2 pm on Tuesday to thwart attempts by mischief mongers to disturb the peace. An order issued by the Tripura government also prohibits SMSes on the networks of all mobile service providers.
As tens of thousands of anti-CAB protesters descended on the streets of Assam on Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the state into the chaos of a magnitude unseen since the violent 6-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam accord, Guwahati was placed under curfew.
Initially, Assam police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told PTI that the curfew, which began at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, will continue till 7 am on Thursday. However, he later informed that it has been extended indefinitely.
Defying the curfew order protesters were still on the streets of Guwahati where most arterial roads were blocked. The Congress party has, meanwhile, called a shutdown in Tripura on Thursday.
To discuss the developments CNBC-TV18 spoke to Colin Gonsalves, senior advocate, at Supreme Court; Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Lok Sabha MP for TMC; Karma Paljor, editor-in-chief of EastMojo; RP Singh BJP spokesperson and Kirit Pradyot Deb Barman, head - Royal House Tripura.