Assam came to a complete halt today with over 40 organizations protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, in a 12-hour state-wide shutdown.
Protesters reportedly blocked railway tracks and burnt tires on the roads across the state. The police took note of the situation when some protesters tried to stop some trains by sitting on the track.
The Assam government has left some 40 lakh names, majority of them Muslim, out of the National Register of Citizens in final draft, while it is looking at providing citizenship to illegal migrants of Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian or Parsi – from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan through the amendment of the 1955 Citizenship Act.
This contradictory stance has not gone down well with the citizens of India. To look into the matter, a meeting was called by the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi.
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Akhil Gogoi, KMSS leader told the media that “this was the first time that they had called a bandh and would not call it off as the very existence of the Assamese people and their identity is at stake.”
AGP General Secretary Manoj Saikai said they opposed the bill. IndiaToday reported him saying “it is necessary to extend support to the democratic protest. We have also organized a protest rally against the bill.”
Earlier this year, the government’s speeding up of the National Register of Citizen process was not welcomed by the people and the international community as millions of people had been left out. But the government went ahead with it and the final draft has been made. The fate of those who didn’t make it into the final draft is hanging in uncertainty.