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Army sent to N-E; curfew in Guwahati as anti-CAB protests escalate

New Delhi

The central government sent in two columns of the Army to Tripura and airlifted 50 companies of paramilitary forces to Assam as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill escalated in the Northeast.
One column of the Indian Army has been put on standby, a spokesperson from the army said.
Northeastern states such as Assam have seen violent protests against the Bill for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. The protests come even as Rajya Sabha debates the Bill heatedly. Lok Sabha, where National Democratic Alliance is comfortably placed, has already passed the contentious Bill.
Some 20 of the 50 companies of paramilitary troopers sent to Assam were stationed in Kashmir until recently. The remaining have been redeployed from other states.
The troops are from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).