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Anti-CAA protests in Assam: Guwahati Police threatens to take legal action, recover damage costs from agitators

Anti-CAA protest Assam: Legal action will be taken against those causing damage during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Assam, the Guwahati Police has warned.

Anti-CAA protest Assam: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) activists stage a protest after Central Government has officially notified the rules for the implementation of CAA, in Guwahati on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI/Pitamber Newar)Premium
Anti-CAA protest Assam: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) activists stage a protest after Central Government has officially notified the rules for the implementation of CAA, in Guwahati on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI/Pitamber Newar)

Anti-CAA protest Assam: On March 11, the Centre initiated the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. It wil grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. This decision has stirred strong reactions in Assam. The Guwahati Police has cautioned against damages during protests, stating legal actions will be taken against violators.

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Assam has a history with the CAA, marked by violent protests in 2019 resulting in casualties. Indigenous groups fear the CAA will encourage an influx of immigrants, changing the demographic fabric of the region.

Various organisations and opposition parties in Assam have intensified their protest against the CAA. The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and other groups have been at the forefront, organising rallies and burning copies of the CAA across the state.

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They vow to continue their peaceful and democratic opposition. Legal actions, including a petition to the Supreme Court, are being considered by protestors as a way to challenge the CAA's implementation.

Raijor Dal and the Assam Jatiya Parishad, both emerging from anti-CAA movements, are actively protesting. The Aam Aadmi Party also staged protests in Guwahati.

Assam CM’s warning

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier issued a warning against bandhs (strikes) violating court orders. He said that political parties would risk losing their registration for non-compliance. He argued that legal avenues, rather than street protests, were the appropriate channels for opposing the CAA.

Also Read: CAA news: Application for Indian citizenship to be made online, says govt

“Everyone has a right to protest, but if a political party disobeys a court order, its registration may be cancelled," Sarma said.

Guwahati Police’s warning

The Guwahati Police has issued a warning to agitating parties organising “Sarbatmak Hartal (complete strike)". It has said that legal action will be taken if there is any “damage to public/private property including Railway and National Highway properties or injury to any citizen caused".

“Legal action under appropriate provisions of law including Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 will be initiated against you and the total cost of damage to public and private properties will be recovered from you and your Organization," it added.

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Published: 12 Mar 2024, 08:02 AM IST
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