The Assamese community living in the capital complex of Arunachal Pradesh staged a peaceful sit-in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at the IG Park tennis court in Itanagar on Sunday.
The protesters vented their anger and frustration at the Centre over the law, saying it would adversely impact the people of Assam and all other northeastern states, according to reports.
They were of the view that Assam is already overburdened with illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and now it cannot accommodate any more of them.
The protest was also joined by representatives from the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, and various NGOs and associations of the State, who expressed their solidarity with Assam.
The CAA sets December 31, 2014, as the cut-off date for recognizing illegal immigrants as eligible refugees who may acquire Indian citizenship, which the protestors say is a violation of the Assam Accord.