Anti- Citizenship Amendment Act protests in India

Protests in India's Aligarh against Citizenship Amendment Act December 13, 2019

Kolkata, Dec 14 People in India are vociferously protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s disruptive policies and the protests , now, have turned violent in North-East region of the country after Home Minister Amit Shah has pushed the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Parliament and with President ram Nath Kovind assent, had turned into an Act.

Protesters shouting “India is not Israel”, “No CAB” “No NRC” and raising slogans against Modi government have increased in past one month.

The Opposition including Congress has been opposing Citizen Amendment bill but Narendra Modi said it’s a historic Bill which will be written in golden letter but actually it is vote bank politics.

Protesters in West Bengal against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) blocked roads and vandalised railway stations, leading to disruptions in vehicular movement and train services.In West Bengal , chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also warned the Modi government for implementing NRC or CAA in her state.

Violent protests broke out in the North-East states and spread to West Bengal, Delhi and parts of south India, Friday, with police resorting to lathicharge and tear gas shells to contain protesters. While two people were killed in Assam, at least 25 students were injured in protests outside Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University. The university has postponed the exams scheduled for today.Naga Students’ Federation has called for a 6-hour shutdown Saturday in Nagaland to protest against the newly-enacted citizenship law.

On Friday, a mob, carrying posters against the CAA and the proposed National Register of Citizens, vandalised the Beldanga railway station of Eastern Railway in Murshidabad district, forcing the railway employees to flee.

The protesters torched the station master’s cabin and ransacked the ticket counter before setting it on fire.Another large group of protesters obstructed the National highway at Beldanga, burning tyres and damaging vehicles, including an ambulance.

Vehicular traffic was halted at various points of the district, including Jalangi, Raghunathganj, Sahmserganj, Kandi, Baharampur and Domkal.

In Howrah district, angry protesters barged into the Uluberia station under South Eastern Railway and vandalised its premises.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appealed for peace and asked people to believe in the rule of law and the laws passed by Parliament and described the violence as unfortunate.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of spreading lawlessness through her statements opposing the CAA.

BJP National General Secretary in-charge of the state Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that the “shameful incidents” in Bengal were engineered by the infiltrators.

Besides West Bengal, the northeastern region, especially in the states of Assam, Tripura and now Meghalaya, have witnessed widespread violent protests against the CAA.

Citizenship Amendment Act will provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh with a cut-off date of December 31, 2014.

CAB protests: US, UK issue travel advisories for North-East

Meanwhile, several countries, UK, US, Canada and Israel has issued travel advisories asking their citizens to “exercise caution” while visiting the North-East in the wake of the protests. “The US government has temporarily suspended official travel to Assam,” the US advisory said. The UK advisory asked travellers to “monitor local media” and “follow instructions of the local authorities”.

Go To North Korea”: Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy amid Citizenship Act protests
Amid the protests in North-East, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy stirred a row after he said those who do not want ‘divisive democracy’ should go to North Korea. ‘Two things should never be lost sight of in the present atmosphere of controversy. 1. The country was once divided in the name of religion. 2. A democracy is NECESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you don’t want it go to North Korea,’ he wrote on Twitter.

His tweet came hours before protesters reached the entrance of the Raj Bhavan, tried to breach security following which they were lathi-charged and tear-gassed leaving several of them seriously injured.

The protesters were demanding the Governor to give his assent to the proposed ordinance that seeks mandatory registration of outsiders entering the state and at the same time for the Centre to implement the Inner Line Permit in the state.

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