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Assam Students Boycott Classes, Show Black Flags, Burn Copies Of CAA

The bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna agreed to consider the petitions from Assam and Tripura separately

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The students of most colleges and universities across Assam boycotted classes, showed black flags in front of their institutions and burned copies of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on January 22nd, 2020.

The Northeastern Universities Students’ Fraternity has called for a total shutdown of all the universities and colleges in Northeast on January 22nd, 2020 in protest against the CAA.

Taking part in the ‘shutdown’, the Cotton University Students’ Union called to stage a protest from 10 am-5 pm inside the campus. Several students of the Gauhati University also joined the ‘shutdown’ and raised slogans against the amended Act.

The students expressed their resentment for CAA by burning copies of the legislation. The Dibrugarh Hanumanbax Surajmall Kanoi College also hoisted black flags and wore black badges to college.

The CAA grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31st, 2014.

Those protesting against the law say that the Act is discriminatory and creates a divide on the basis of religion.

Amidst widespread protests across the country, the Supreme Court on January 22nd, 2020 has refused to grant an interim stay on controversial CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) and the government is free to implement those laws.

The apex court directed the Centre to file replies against over 140 writ petitions (except those about Assam and Tripura) within four weeks. The bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna agreed to consider the petitions from Assam and Tripura separately.

The court clubbed together all pleas concerning Assam and Tripura together as both these states have separate agreements with the Centre regarding the preservation of indigenous people. The top court has also asked for a list of cases from these two states. The court also said it may refer pleas challenging the validity of CAA to a Constitution bench.

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