GUWAHATI: Four serial blasts rocked Assam on the occasion of Republic Day. These blasts took place soon after the official R-Day event was held.
The police officials said that four IED blasts were reported from Upper Assam but no casualties were reported so far. ULFA has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blasts took place in Teok Hat (Charaideo district), Duliajan, Marwary Patty (Dibrugarh) and near Circuit House (Dibrugarh). Officials said that hunt was on for the ULFA radicals.
ULFA has been involved in terror acts in North East for decades. Thousands have perished in the extremism in North East over a period of nearly three decades. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the serial blasts and said that his government would take strong action.
[January 26 2020 NewsBits.in]
INDORE: An elderly man who was protesting against Citizenship Act, NPR and NRC, set himself afire in Madhya Pradesh on Friday evening.
Ramesh Chandra Prajapat, 72, was staging protest against NRC, CAA and NPR at Gita Bhawan intersection in Indore, when he doused himself with kerosene and set himself afire. Prajapat was rushed to the hospital but had been badly burnt by then.
In fact, he had over 90% burns when he was admitted in the MY Hospital. A pamphlet recovered from him, had message against 'discriminatory policies' and CAA-NRC.
It mentioned the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Ashfaqullah Khan and other freedom fighters apart from expressing regret over the killings, arrests and action against protesters in UP and other parts of the country during anti-NRC protests. He also called 'NPR, NRC and CAA as an attack on constitution'. Prajapat is undergoing treatment but his condition was critical. While protests are going on across the country, this is the first such incident (self-immolation) in the country during anti-NRC protests.
[January 25 2020 NewsBits.in]
KOLKATA: A woman's house was allegedly set afire over fears of National Register for Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal.
The woman, who is an NGO worker, had gone for a door-to-door survey, seeking information and telling people about benefits of internet, when people got suspicious and felt that she was an enumerator who had collected data for NRC.
Irate people attacked her and later ransacked her house. The house was later set afire. This incident occurred in Birbhum district in West Bengal.
Sources said that there was a rumour that spread in the area, linking her visits to several households to the data collection for NRC, and this led to the incident. The police have said that the woman, Hasnebanu, had not collected the NRC data, rather she was associated with an NGO.
This is not the first such incident. Earlier, a man, Prince Singh, was brutally beaten up as people suspected him linked to NPR exercise in Bihar. Lakhs of people were affected due to the NRC in Assam. As Bengali migrants suffered the most, the people in West Bengal are even more wary.
[January 23, 2020 NewsBits.in]