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Assam: Schools re-open as normalcy returns following CAA protests

December 24, 2019

Following CAA and NRC protests in Assam, schools were shut down for almost 12-days. On Monday, schools in Assam’s 11 districts were re-opened as normalcy returned in the state, according to an official of the Education Department. “The schools were remained close from December 11 due to huge protests against the CAA. Examinations in many educational institutions including Universities and colleges were rescheduled owing to the protests,” the official added.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) along with various other students, lawyers and state government employees have supported the protests which started on December 10. Protests still continue in most parts of Assam including Guwahati.

At least six people were killed in the anti-CAA protests due to police firing and other reasons. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and a senior leader of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party announced that out of 206 social media posts that are responsible for CAA-related violence, three provocative and offensive posts originated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The social media played a key role behind the recent violence in Assam.”

Police have registered 28 cases for provocative and offensive social media posts and arrested ten people. The minister said that 393 persons have been arrested so far in 244 number of cases registered for their alleged involvement in violence during the anti-CAA protests.

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Source: IANS

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