December 14, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah has cancelled his planned visit to Shillong, Meghalaya. As per reports, he had to cancel the trip due to the protests in the Northeast over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Shah was scheduled to visit the North-East Police Academy in Shillong to attend the passing out parade.
The CAB Act which allows non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens was passed this week. This has caused massive protests in parts of the country and particularly in the north eastern states as people are concerned that the law will encourage the inflow of migrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
Earlier Prime Minister Modi had tweeted, “ I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry.. I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow.
Due to the unrest, internet services have been barred in Meghalaya. Two people were killed in police firing in Assam on Thursday and army has been patrolling the region.
As per reports Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was to attend a summit in Guwahati next week, has also cancelled his visit. Earlier two ministers from Bangladesh had also cancelled their trips to India.
Ovais Sultan Khan tweeted, “More than 10,000 Muslims participated a mass protest led by Jamiat Ulema e Hind against #CitizenshipAmendmentAct 2019 at Jantar Mantar. I never saw such a big protest in Jantar Mantar. All roads and Metro Stations nearby Parliament Street and Jantar Mantar have been closed.”
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