Oil tanker torched
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As protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 continue across Assam, an oil tanker was torched by a group of people in Sonitpur district on Friday night.

The driver of the tanker was also killed in the incident.

The CAB has become an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave the assent to the bill.

According to media reports, the empty oil tanker was set ablaze on its way from Sipajhar in Udalguri district.

A media report quoting police officials said the driver of the tanker was taken to a private nursing home but he succumbed to severe burn injuries on Saturday morning.

It may be mentioned that as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 turned violent, curfew has been imposed in various parts of Assam.

As the law and order situation deteriorated in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, the Army was deployed and they carried out flag march to tackle the situation.

In Guwahati, the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 turned so violent that the police resorted to firing in several places in the city on Wednesday night in which two protestors died.

The deceased were identified as Dipanjal Das from Chaigaon, who died in police firing at Lachit Nagar in Ulubari area and 17-year-old San Stafford, who was shot dead by security forces at Hatigaon area of the city.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and 30 other organisations of indigenous people held protests in all districts of the Brahmaputra Valley.

The AJYCP blocked railway tracks at Kamakhya station which disrupted train services from Guwahati to other parts of the country.

The AJYCP has called for a 36-hour mass hunger strike from 6 am on December 16 across Assam.

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