Bengaluru protest
The people from Assam, living in Bengaluru stage protest in Bengaluru. Image credit - Northeast Now

The protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 has spread from the Northeast to several parts of India.

The people from Assam, living in Bengaluru under the banner of the Assam Society of Bangalore organised a peaceful protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 has become an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave the assent to the bill.

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The Act seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.

Hirak Joyti Kakati, general secretary of the Assam Society of Bangalore said, “We oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. We will continue our protest if the government does not withdraw the Act.”

The stir in Assam against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act entered the fifth day even as the city of Guwahati and many other violence-hit districts in Assam have remained under curfew.

Meanwhile, four persons died and several others were injured in Assam.

Three protestors died in police firing in Guwahati.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday night and the bill was passed in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

In order to prevent misuse of social media which might disturb peace in Assam and to maintain law and order in the state, the Assam government has suspended the mobile internet services across Assam till December 16.

Sasanka Talukdar is Northeast Now Correspondent in Pathsala. He can be reached at: