Citizenship Amendment Act protests today Highlights: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an emergency meeting with senior officers of the state administration and police forces on Sunday night and directed them to remain on high alert, amid incidents of violence in the state, PTI reported. In the about-two-hour-long meeting at her Kalighat residence, Banerjee directed the officials to take strict action against those indulging in vandalism, an official said.
Meanwhile, two more people protesting against the amended Citizenship Act in Assam succumbed to injuries on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Ishwar Nayak and Abdul Alim. Both of them suffered bullet injuries due to police firing during clashes in Guwahati on Thursday, a senior official of the Guwahati Medical College told The Indian Express. With this, the total death toll in the state rose to five in the state. Two people died in police firing on Thursday, while another succumbed to his injuries after an oil tanker was set on fire on Saturday.
Taking a u-turn after voting in support of the Citizenship Bill in the Rajya Sabha, BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Sunday said it will move the Supreme Court against the contentious bill which was passed by both Houses. “We will not allow the CAB to be implemented in Assam. We will approach the SC against CAB,” Ramendra Kalita, senior AGP leader, told The Indian Express. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that their government is “committed to protect all genuine Indian citizens and the rights of the people of Assam.” Sonowal will also lead a team to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah soon to discuss the ongoing protests in the state.