C(A)A: Mass Hunger Strike In Guwahati As Protest Spreads To Other States
Meanwhile, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to India has been postponed amid violent agitation in Assam. The summit talks in Guwahati between Abe and PM Modi have also been suspended. Due to the worsening situation in Shillong, Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit has been cancelled. The police fired tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge at students of Jamia Millia Islamia, who were protesting against the Citizenship Act in Delhi on Friday. Several students were badly injured in this clash. Meanwhile, five states in the country have said that they will not implement the Citizenship Act. On Friday, 13 petitions challenging the Citizenship Act were filed in the Supreme Court. The United Nations Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the Citizenship Act in India and said that this Act is discriminatory on a fundamental level. It also said that while the new law speaks of granting citizenship to religious minorities who have come to India to escape persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, it does not make the same provision for Muslims.
Protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct fans across the nation as people sit on a hunger strike in #Guwahati. India-Japan Guwahati summit has been called off and the Home Minister #AmitShah has also cancelled his visit to Shillong. pic.twitter.com/IidtVQghjw— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) December 14, 2019