Many other parts of the North East are now gripped by protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. This has resulted in the Indian Army being deployed in Tripura and Assam, the Union government pulling out paramilitary troops from Kashmir and sending them to the North East, as well mobile Internet being suspended in entire Tripura and ten districts of Assam.
The intense demonstrations have impacted life in Guwahati, where a curfew was imposed in the evening. Earlier in the day, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal was stranded at the airport for a few hours because of the protests.
Scroll.in witnessed an incredible scene of Assam state government employees, amassed behind barricades meant to protect the state secretariat, joining protesters on the other side with “Go back BJP” and “Beware BJP” slogans. The sight, captured in the video above, confirms just how widespread sentiments against the bill are amongst the Assamese.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill proposes to bring in a religious element to India’s citizenship law, giving non-Muslim illegal migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan access to Indian citizenship. This has faced strong opposition from the North East, where many communities feel threatened by migration from Bangladesh. The bill was passed in the Union’s Parliament’s Lok Sabha on Monday and is being debated in the Rajya Sabha today.