The protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act that initially began in the northeast have spilled over to several other states across the country. Internet services have been blocked in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka which authorities say will prevent misuse of social media platforms. In Karnataka’s Mangaluru, mobile internet services were suspended for 48 hours starting Thursday night after two people died in police firing and six others sustained injuries. Twenty policemen were also injured.
In Assam, which was the epicenter of the citizenship act protests, the internet ban has been lifted after 10 days. The opposition led by Congress has accused the BJP of trying to suppress the people. While Rahul Gandhi has called the police action “an insult to India’s soul”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dared the ruling BJP to go for a UN-monitored referendum on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Registry of Citizens.
The controversial law creates a fast-track to citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who arrived in India by 2014. Opponents say it confronts the foundations of India’s secular constitution by making religion a criterion for citizenship.
Security has been tightened in the Northeast district of Delhi. Joint CP Alok Kumar said that anti-riot gear has been handed out and drones have been deployed for protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. Ten companies of CRPF and RAF have also been deployed.
Meanwhile, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) started on Friday morning that all the stations have been reopened and that normalcy has been restored across the network. Additionally, the mobile internet in Assam has also been restored.
On Thursday, anti-CAA protests across the nation escalated. In multiple parts of the country, including Mangaluru and Lucknow, protests turned violent. Multiple prominent citizens of the country joined the protests against the Citizenship Act across the country. Ramchandra Guha, Yogendra Yadav, Sandeep Dikshit were some of these personalities who were detained. Mumbai saw the participation of multiple Bollywood personalities at the demonstration in August Kranti Maidan.