Protest in Itanagar
A view of the protest. Image credit - Twitter

On his Arunachal Pradesh visit, union home minister Amit Shah faced anti-CAA protestors at Itanagar on Thursday.

The protest was led by the student leaders of Rajiv Gandhi University.

A large number of students and youth gathered at Mithun Gate, just a kilometer from Indira Gandhi Park at Itanagar, the venue of the 34th Statehood Day celebration, which was attended by union home minister Amit Shah as the chief guest.

The protestors, who opposed union home minister Amit Shah’s Arunachal Pradesh visit, shouted slogans like ‘Go back, go back Amit Shah’, ‘Mota Bhai go back’ and ‘No need CAA’.

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According to the protestors, the CAA hurts the sentiments of the indigenous people.

The protestors were stopped by the security personnel at the Mithun Gate with barricades.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 became an Act (CAA) on December 12, 2019, after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to it.

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But protests still continue against the new citizenship Act in various parts of the country including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The new citizenship Act, according to the protestors, has disturbed the secularism nature of the Indian Constitution.

The Act seeks to amend the definition of an illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. They will be granted fast track Indian citizenship in six years.

The protestors at Itanagar also shouted slogan like ‘Go back murderer of secularism’.

They also voiced against the National Population Register (NPR).

The Centre has decided to update the NPR along with the Houselisting phase of Census 2021 during April to September 2020 in all the States/UTs except Assam.

The protestors also opposed the Hindu Rashtra model and shouted slogans like ‘We want secular India not Hindu Rashtra’.


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