An Anarchy has erupted in the state Assam amidst anti-CAB protesters due to the permission granted to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament test.

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All Hindu refugee communities across the nation celebrated the triumph when the upper house of the Parliament polled 125 to 99, giving support to the bill, a majority of Northeast inhabitants were filled with rage. Thousands of protesters against CAB cascaded on the streets of Assam and nose-dived the state into the turmoil of a magnitude. AASU (All Assam Students Union) and NESO (North East Students Association) had entailed the strike in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Guwahati, Assam. The demonstrators burnt tyres on the roads and placed logs on the rail tracks and roads to obstruct the movement of vehicles and trains across the state, the officials said. A big number of students from all directions were seen protesting against the CAB near the state secretariat complex in Assam. The Police resorted to a lathi-charge due to the breakage of the rampart on GS Road and fired tear gas shells to disburse stone-pelting protesters.

Curfew was promulgated in Guwahati and mobile services were deferred in 10 districts of Assam – Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup for 24 hours from 7 p.m. on Wednesday to 7 p.m. on Thursday by the administration department of Assam in view of the massive protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Also, the Army was extended at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura. Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam had called off, averted or rescheduled various trains originating from Assam moving along the routes of Northeastern states owing to the massive protests by the Assamese residents against the CAB, 2019. Police also opened fire in Assam capital Dispur in view of quelling the protest by the agitators after water cannon, tear gas and baton-charge failed to rein them in.

The two states are facing the catastrophe due to the protest against the bill passed in Rajya Sabha seeking to amend the Citizenship act, 1955 to authorize Indian citizenship to non-Muslims coming from the neighbourhood countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. These non-Muslim refugees from different minority communities like Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian were acclimatised to religious intolerance in their country of origin. Hence, the migrants were alleviated the requisite of residence in India from 11 years to six years in the Bill who entered India till December 31st, 2014.

The government accelerated the antagonistic legislation through Parliament disregarding a boisterous opposition that stated that it was against the idea of India as a secular nation. The intensified and violent protest against CAB across the state has turned Assam into a combat zone which has prompted chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to call for tranquillity. 

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Demand for Protest

The AJYCP (Asom Jatiyabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad) has been protesting along with influential AASU and social organisation KMSS (Krishak Mukti Sangram Parishad) alleging that the regulation will not be accepted at any cost by the people of the state. The enforcement of this regulation by the BJP-led government to detain its power in politics will threaten the existence of the people of Assam and the Northeast.

According to the protesters holding placards and banners, Enforcement of CAB in Assam will make the indigenous people and their language extinct with the settlement of people from other countries here.

Chief Minister of Assam titled ‘Jatiya Nayaak’ due to his efforts in getting the illegal migrants by Tribunal Act abandoned his mum on CAB when his counterparts in Northeast strongly opposed it. This states that the chief minister is not in favour of the indigenous people of the state. Therefore, all the people and organisations have to come down on the streets to protest against the CAB, Changmai said. 

Hence, they appeal a referendum on CAB and then the ministry will make a judgement whether the legislation is to be brought or not on the basis of its outcome, said the leader of AJYCP. 

Posterior to the protests of demonstrators against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Northeast, a large part of the other Northeastern states have been exonerated from the ambit of the CAB, although there have been protests raging up, too. But a larger region of Assam is still going through the threats of the floods of asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. They are scared with the anthropology of the Northeastern state due to the bestowment of Indian citizenship to these refugees. 

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