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31 Jan 2019

Assam: BJP leader thrashed by protesters of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Amid the tense situation in Assam over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a BJP leader was on Wednesday thrashed and manhandled by protesters in the Tinsukia district of the state.

Lakheswar Moran, the district president of BJP, was beaten when he went to a meeting organized by Lok Jagran Manch.

The RSS affiliate has been holding meetings to dispel myths around the bill.

Here's what happened.

Assault

Moran was thrashed, eyewitness says police didn't help

Moran was thrashed, eyewitness says police didn't help

According to NorthEast news, Moran was greeted with black flags by around 3,000 protesters.

Soon things took an ugly turn and Moran was assaulted. An eyewitness told the daily protesters rained blows and kicks on him but the police didn't intervene.

"He tried to flee but fell after hitting a bicycle. It was then the police finally came to his rescue," the eyewitness said.

Reaction

BJP state president asks protesters to not cross 'Lakshman Rekha'

The protest was reportedly led by All Assam Students' Union (AASU), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP).

Ranjit Kumar Dass , BJP's president in the state, condemned the attack and asked protesters to not cross 'Lakshman Rekha'.

Dass said a team of BJP will press the authorities to take action against the perpetrators.

Notably, an FIR has been lodged.

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We won't remain silent, warns Dass

"We don't have any problem if someone protests with black flags or goes nude. But if someone does like it was done in case of our Tinsukia district president, our 29 lakh karyakartas [workers] will not remain silent," Dass told TOI.

Claims

Dass alleged Congress supported the protesters

Earlier, Dass had said the perpetrators also tried inciting violence in Nalbari, where Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other ministers had gone to lay the foundation stone for a medical college.

He alleged AASU got support from local Congress leaders, and claimed BJP cadres had photographs to show the grand old party was involved in the unrest in Nalbari.

Unrest

Northeast is boiling due to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, after they have lived in the country for six years, has led to violent protests in the Northeast.

Protesters believe the bill negates National Register of Citizens (NRC) and will encourage migration from Bangladesh.

But Centre hopes to pass the bill soon.

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Who is Lakheswar Moran?

Asked 2019-01-31 11:19:46 by Vibhore Jhadav

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Lakheswar Moran is a BJP leader who is the president of the party in Assam's Tinsukia district.

What happened to Lakheswar Moran?

Asked 2019-01-31 11:19:46 by Surabhi Gupta

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Lakheswar Moran was thrashed protesters of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on January 30, 2019.

Who led the protests?

Asked 2019-01-31 11:19:46 by Pari Sengupta

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The protests was led by All Assam Students' Union (AASU), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP).

What did BJP say on this incident?

Asked 2019-01-31 11:19:46 by Vibhore Powar

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Senior BJP leader of the state, Ranjit Dass asked protesters to not cross Lakshman Rekha.

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