Students and members of citizens’ groups in Delhi under the banner of North East India Unites for Justice and Peace (NEIUJP) on Sunday took to streets to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
The protesters who gathered at Jantar Mantar in the national capital condemned the Central government for disregarding voices from the region fighting for the rights of indigenous people.
“We will not let others hijack our agenda. We are here to speak about our people. You cannot always ask one to take more people,” said Tripura’s royal scion Pradyot Deb Barman said.
The protesters said they were deeply hurt and distressed by the police “brutality” on those against the CAA, but “our protest is about our rights”. Students also decried the attempts to give communal colour to the protest against the CAA.
“We sympathise with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. It does not matter if you are a Hindu or a Muslim, the CAA is going to trigger a massive demographic change in the Northeast,” a protester said.
The protesters also demanded that police release RTI activist Akhil Gogoi and others arrested for demonstrating against the CAA.