The Digboi regional unit of the Asom Jatiyabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Sunday paid rich floral tribute to the martyrs of the anti-CAA movement in Assam.

While four persons, including a 17-year-old boy, were killed in police firing at Guwahati, another protestor was killed after being assaulted by security force personnel in Dibrugarh.

All five persons were remembered by offering a floral tribute and lightning ceremonial lamps.

Besides the student activists, people from various walks of life including women and children participated in the programme held in front of the AJYCP office along the National Highway.

Seventeen-year-old student Sam Stafford, Dipanjal Das, who worked in the canteen at Sainik Bhawan in Guwahati; Dijendra Panging, Abdul Alim and Iswar Nayak were the CAA martyrs, who were remembered during the programme.

The anti-CAA protests turned violent across Assam after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on December 11.

The bill turned into an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent on December 12.

Despite curfew being clamped and the Army conducting flag march, the anti-CAA protestors took to the streets in Guwahati.

Anti-CAA protestors also came out in large numbers in various parts of Assam including Dibrugarh.

The new Act seeks to provide citizenship to the illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, belonging to the religions Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian, who have lived in India without documentation.

An active woman leader lamented that the anti-CAA movement has calmed down in Digboi.

Urging the people at large to keep the democratic agitation intact, the woman activist said if the pace of the anti -CAA movement slows down, the desired end may not be realised as expected.

The other speakers expressed that the people of Assam must not leave space for the anti-people government to easily fulfil their design at the cost of the Assamese identity, culture and demography.

Meanwhile, the activists of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti (CMSS) along with other organizations took out a bike rally from Borjan Maya Bazar to Kenduguri to extend a warm welcome to Lakhya Jyoti Gogoi, the vice-president of the CMSS central committee.

Lakhya Jyoti was released by the police on Saturday.

Based on a case at Jorhat PS (No 3498/19) registered under sections 120 (B)/145/151/153(A)/157 /158/283/291/431 of the IPC,  Lakhya Jyoti was arrested by Assam police on December 13 for spearheading the CAA agitation in Digboi area.

Laxman Sharma

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