Protests against citizenship bill continue unabated in Assam; agitations held in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Tezpur

  • The bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India.

  • In Tezpur, activists demonstrated with messages painted on bare bodies.

  • In Tinsukia, women held a protest rally and also blocked NH-37 for some time.

Guwahati: Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill showed no sign of waning in Assam on Saturday as agitators staged semi-clad protests in Tezpur, organised citizen's meeting in Guwahati and women held a rally in Tinsukia.

In Tezpur town of Sonitpur district in lower Assam, activists of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) staged a semi-clad protest. Shirtless male members of the organisation demonstrated with messages painted on bare bodies as they held a massive rally through the main thoroughfares, demanding that the bill be scrapped immediately.

 Protests against citizenship bill continue unabated in Assam; agitations held in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Tezpur

SFI activist take out mock funeral during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Guwahati. PTI

Protesting in front of the deputy commissioners office, the demonstrators raised slogans against Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

They also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi explain to them how the people of Assam and the country benefited from demonetisation.

In Tinsukia district of upper Assam, women came together to take out a protest rally and also blocked National Highway-37 for some time.

In Guwahati, a citizens' protest meeting was organised, at which prominent personalities from the Assam Sahitya Sabha, AJYCP, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), among others, spoke against the bill and demanded that it be scrapped.

The controversial bill, passed in the Lok Sabha on 8 January, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.

Updated Date: Jan 19, 2019 20:00:35 IST