With thousands of citizen, students and activists reaching to all main chowks to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, tensions ran high in the cities of Assam and Tripura. While the debates in Rajya Sabha are still going on, the situation in states of Eastern India heated up with the agitations and protests from morning hours. Tyres were burnt and various student unions blocked the main roads placing logs and barricades reporting violent incidents in many places.
With situations slipping out of hands, the police resorted to lathicharge and had to fire rubber bullets which lead to almost 30 protestors getting injuries including a media person. It was also reported that protesters in Tripura pelted stones at the police who tried to clear the roads.
The Lower House of parliament on the early hours of Monday has passed the Citizen Amendment Bill 2019, that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. According to the bill, it seeks to amend the definition of an illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation.