Citizenship Amendment Act protesters detained at Khanapara, Guwahati

Citizenship Amendment Act protesters detained at Khanapara, Guwahati

560-km anti-CAA padayatra from Tinsukia to Dispur

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI: A 30-member group of protests reached Guwahati on January 10 on foot to complete their Padbraje Dispuroloi Jao Bolok (Let’s go to Dispur on foot) in protest against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act). The group covered a distance of 560 km from Dirak in Tinsukia district to Guwahati on foot.

The journey started on December 20 and on Saturday the group was about to complete the final phase of their journey. However, the group was detained in front of the College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati by the police when it was on their way to Dispur.

The group took the journey with certain questions to Dispur. The two of the quarries are – (i) why did the government decide to bring Bangladeshis to Assam instead of taking initiatives to deport them to Bangladeshis from the country? (ii) How will the Act safeguard Assam and the Assamese in terms of economic and political aspects? After being detained by the police at Khanapara one of the protesters, Ranjit Dahotia said, “We don’t feel it necessary to take permission from the government to express our resentment against them. We feel that it is not necessary to take permission of the government, which imposed an anti-people Act like the CAA by going against the people of Assam, for such a padayatra.”

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