An anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) agitation took a violent turn in Lakhimpur on January 11th, 2020 after protesters clashed with police personnel.
The Union Home Ministry issued a notification stating that the provisions of the Act will come into force from January 10th, 2020. However, the Centre is yet to frame rules for the Act.
The local organisations staged massive protest infront the office of Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner. The anti-CAA protesters burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The protesters also raised slogans like ‘Joi Aai Asom’, ‘BJP go back’ and so on. Several people were injured as the protesters clashed with the security personnel.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by parliament on December 11th, 2019. As per the CAA, the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31st, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
Those who are opposed to the legislation say that the CAA violates the Assam Accord and is against the basic tenets of the country’s constitution.