Protests against the controversial citizenship bill in India, death toll rises to 6
The death toll from police shootings and violence in the northeastern states against the controversial parliament-approved citizenship bill in India has increased to 6, while internet suspension and curfew remain in force.
According to the AFP report, intense protests are taking place in Guwahati, Assam's largest city, where security matters are in the hands of the army, who are constantly patrolling the streets.
According to the report, thousands of people protested in Guwahati on Sunday and were chanting slogans of Assam Zindabad while hundreds of personnel were present there.
Local administration officials said the curfew had affected oil and gas production in the state, though restrictions were eased on Sunday and few shops were opened.
He said four people lost their lives due to police firing in Assam, one was burnt to death in a burned-out shop and the same was killed while the sixth citizen died due to violence during the protest.
It should be remembered that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s central government had passed a controversial bill on Indian citizenship in Parliament, under which the citizens of neighboring countries came to India illegally before December 31, 2014. But Muslims will not be part of it.
Thousands of protesters in the state of West Bengal started protesting against the central government's decision, after which the government imposed a curfew and suspended internet service in several districts even though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposed the law.
The chief ministers of India's West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh have said they will not import the controversial law.
Demonstrators burned tires and staged a rally on the railway tracks and main highways. In addition, trains and buses were set on fire, but the police reached the spot and tried to disperse the protesters, resulting in a collision and rail service. Suspended
In his statement, BJP Home Minister Amit Shah called for the people to be peaceful and said that the local culture of the northeastern states was not a threat.
On the other hand, the public is raising concerns that this controversial bill will give citizenship to the refugees coming from Bangladesh.
Addressing a rally in Jharkhand, Amit Shah said, "The culture, language, social identity and political rights of our brothers and sisters will be protected".
What is a Citizenship Amendment Bill?
The Citizenship Bill is intended to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan from 6 faiths, Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, under this bill by amending the Citizenship Act of 1955. Illegal immigrants from selected categories will be eligible for Indian citizenship.
The bill opposed all opposition parties and religious parties, including Congress, as well as the extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena, and said the center was trying to create a division of Muslims and Hindus in the country through this bill.
Under the Indian Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, the 1955 rules regarding citizenship will be amended.
Under this bill, Indian citizenship will be given to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who come to India from 3 neighboring countries before December 31, 2014.
Political parties and citizens who oppose the bill say that the bill will give citizenship to illegal immigrants coming from Bangladesh, who came to Assam in March 1971 and are against the Assam Accord of 1985. Will be violated.
It is to be noted that illegal migration to Assam is a sensitive issue as the tribes and other communities here do not accept outsiders and the protesters believe that the passage of this bill will increase the number of refugees in Assam.