AASU and 28 other organisations launched a three-day satyagraha at Latasil ground in Guwahati.
AASU and 28 other organisations launched a three-day satyagraha at Latasil ground in Guwahati.

“Do not try to give communal colour to the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA),” said All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya.

“Certain forces including a number of political parties are trying to give communal colour to the anti-CAA movement,” he reiterated.

“For us a foreigner is a foreigner and we do not differentiate among them on the basis of religion,” he further added.

“All foreigners who entered Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971 must be detected and deported irrespective of their religion,” he reiterated.

“The people of Assam are protesting for their language and culture,” he added.

“This agitation is against the Centre’s attempt to divide foreigners on the basis of religion. We will continue to protest until CAA is withdraw,” he asserted.

He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for calling the agitation by the London-based Assamese people as a Pakistani backed movement.

“Before making such a comment the Prime Minister should try and understand the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Assam,” Bhattacharya added.

The protests against the Citizenship Act turned violent in several places across the country including New Delhi, West Bengal and Assam.

Several Assamese people residing outside the country have showed their resentment against the Act which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

So far five people have died in the police firing when they were shot at while protesting against CAA.

To bring the situation under control, curfew was clamped in most parts of the state, which have normalised since Tuesday morning.

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