Assam, Dec 15 (ANI): People from various walks of life take part in a protest organized by artists from Assam demanding to scrap Citizenship (Amendment ) Act, at AEI Playground, Chandmari in Guwahati on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The CAA Birudhi Oikya Mancha, Jorhat unit on Wednesday staged a demonstration against several issues including scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Members of the organization formed a human chain near the Jorhat Court in protest against several issues including price rise, assault and murder of journalists.

The Mancha was supported by several political organisations like Congress, CPI (M), Raijor Dal, Assam Jatiya Parishad and other organisations like KMSS, MASS, AJYCP and ATASU.

Niranjan Mahanta, president of the unit said that the protest was against the governments in the State and Centre for their policies which are anti-Assam, especially the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

The Act would skew the already skewed demography of the state as it proposed to give citizenship to Hindus who had fled from Bangladesh.

Mahanta said that the largest population of Bangladeshi Hindus is residing in Assam as revealed by the recent NRC exercise conducted in the state.

“If Assam were to shoulder the burden of the whole Bangladeshi Hindu population, there is a risk of indigenous Assamese population becoming a minority,” Mahanta said.

The Mancha condemned the killing of senior journalist Parag Bhuyan in Tinsukia recently and the assault on a reporter in Kamrup for exposing a gambling racket.

The protestors shouted slogans against the poor law and order situation and the attempt to muzzle the press by murders and assaults.

Mahanta said the atmosphere in Assam has been vitiated by communal tension as promoted by the ruling dispensation in the state.

The inability of the government to contain the exorbitant rise in prices was also criticized.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com