Five youths stripped off their clothes completely and staged the nude protest on the NH-37.

Five youths in Chabua stripped off their clothes to vent their anger over CAB, and put Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to shame.

The impromptu nude protest caught Sonowal on the wrong foot because Chabua in Dibrugarh district is his hometown.

Angered by the Union Cabinet’s approval to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the youths on Thursday evening staged the protest on National Highway 37 in Chabua.

The five nude protesters said as Sonowal did not pay heed to their voice of dissent, they had no other option but to put him to shame in his own hometown.

“At least his (Sonowal’s) cabinet colleagues and BJP leaders will ask him about our protest,” one of the protesters, said.

The five youths who participated in the nude protest were identified as Durlav Baruah, Pradipta Phukan, Jagjit Gohain, Deepjyoti Handique and Dipankar Gohain.

“We thought, he (Sonowal) was getting immune to democratic protests, so only a nude protest could put him to some shame,” the protesters said in chorus.

Surprisingly, Sonowal, who was once the president of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), is totally silent on the CAB issue.

During the last few weeks, Sonowal has been running away from people over the CAB issue.

And the worst was on December 1, when protesters had started assembling in front of his home in Dubrugarh, while Sonwal managed to “escape” in a helicopter.

On Friday, members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), along with 30 indigenous organisations staged a two-hour blockade on the NH-37 at Lahowal against the controversial Bill.

The protesters holding placards and banners raised slogans against prime minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Sonowal, demanding scrapping of the contentious Bill.

On the other hand, INC members in Dibrugarh led by veteran Congress leader and former DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar staged a hunger strike at Chowkidinghee Chariali demanding repeal of the CAB.

Similarly in Tinsukia too, Congress members staged a 7-hour hunger strike near the Tinsukia Municipal Board office.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com