Anti-CAA protest scenes in Guwahati. Image: Northeast Now
Anti-CAA protest in Guwahati. Image: Northeast Now

Iswar Nayak, a resident of Tangla in Udalguri district in Assam and who was injured during an anti-CAA (then anti-CAB) protest in Guwahati on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was shot at from behind while he was protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Down Town area of the city on Wednesday.

He was working in Fashion Big Bazar for the last one year.

“We entered an ATM on Wednesday evening to take out cash for buying vegetables and other grocery items. But the ATM had dried out of cash then,” said one of his colleagues.

“After that, we joined a protest nearby and raised slogans against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. After sometime when we decided to return home, we saw security personnel attacking the protesters,” he added.

“Iswar was shot at from behind and we shifted him immediately to Downtown Hospital and later to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH),” he added.

Battling with life and death for four days, the 25-year-old Nayak succumbed to his injuries on Sunday and with his demise, the death toll in anti-CAA related shooting touched five in the state.

One Dipanjal Das of Chaygaon died in police firing at Lachit Nagar area, while 17-year-old San Stafford was shot dead in Hatigaon area of Guwahati and two other persons in Basistha area of Guwahati and Tinsukia district.

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Saturday informed that around 25 persons received bullet injuries and another 50 civilians were injured during clashes with security forces.

He further infomred that so far 85 persons have been arrested in various violence-related incidents.

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