The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a key ally of the BJP government in Assam, is feeling the heat of ant-CAB protesters’ ire in the state.
While an office of the AGP was vandalized at Dibrugarh, the residence of party president Atul Bora was gheraoed by anti-CAB protesters in Golaghat in upper Assam on Sunday.
The Dibrugarh office of the party was ransacked by anti-CAB protesters led by AASU.
The regional party, which was formed as an outcome of 6-year-long Assam Agitation, has faced the fury of the people for supporting ‘anti-constitutional’ Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
More than 100 protesters stormed and vandalized the AGP office.
Properties in office including the furniture were damaged in the incident.
“We have organised a meeting and decided to take decision on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. But suddenly large numbers of anti-CAB protesters barged into our party office and vandalised our property,” said Taranath Buragohain, district vice president of AGP.
Dibrugarh SP Gautam Borah reached the spot to take stock of the incident. Police has already started an investigation into the matter.
“We are in our party office but suddenly large numbers of youth entered our party office and vandalised our property. We don’t accept such behaviour from anti-CAB protesters. They can hold protest in front of our office but damaging property is undemocratic in nature,” said a party worker.
The activists of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti (CMSS) protested outside Atul Bora’s residence, and shouted slogans against the AGP president, who is also the agriculture minister of Assam.
Sources said the minister was inside his residence, when the CMSS activists staged protest in front of his residence gate.
On the other hand, security forces were deployed in front of RSS and BJP office in Dibrugarh to avert such incidents.
Anti- CAB protesters gheored Dibrugarh BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan’s residence on Saturday night. The protesters staged demonstration in front of his residence.
Earlier on Saturday, AGP minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury had to run away to safety in Lower Assam’s Bongaigaon district.
Angry with the AGP minister’s silence on the controversial Bill, a section of party workers staged a protest at Manikpur with black flags.
Anticipating physical attack, the minister immediately ran away from the spot while the meeting was in progress.
Union minister Rameswar Teli also faced a protest from anti-CAB activists at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district.
Teli was heckled by some All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) activists and locals.