India captain Virat Kohli on January 4th, 2020 said they are feeling “absolutely safe” in Guwahati despite the non-stop state-wide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Speaking to the press in Guwahati on the eve of the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli said, “The city is absolutely safe. We didn’t see any problems on the roads.”
The first T20 international against Sri Lanka will be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium on January 5th, 2020.
In Assam, rail stations, panchayat office, a post office, a bank, a bus terminus, shops, several vehicles and other public properties have been either set ablaze or ransacked during the anti-CAA protests.
The streets of Assam, specially the Guwahati-Shillong Road, had turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, logs, stones, rubber pellets and teargas shells as seething protesters, mostly students, descended on the streets opposing the citizenship act.
Kohli also said that it would not be responsible for him to comment on the nationwide protests over the CAA as he doesn’t have total knowledge on the issue.
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.
After the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill on December 11th, 2019, violent protests erupted in the state forcing the administration to impose curfew and ban the internet.
Four people have been killed in police firing, while an oil tanker driver was charred to death when his vehicle was set on fire in Orang.
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