Amid the chaos and confusion revolving around the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) continue in the state, a student of the prestigious Cotton University (CU) in mime get-up took out a peaceful march in Guwahati.
The student, Ibrahim Khalil of the Arabic department, also drew symbols of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity on his face and started his march on December 27th, 2019 from the university gate towards Dispur before he stopped by city police near Dighalipukhuri.
Khalil also wrapped an Axomiya gamusa on his head and banner around his body which read messages such as ‘We want peace’, ‘No CAA’, ‘Joi Aai Asom’, ‘Assam is not a dumping ground’, ‘Cotton opposed CAA’, and so on.
The young student was accompanied by CU Students’ Union general secretary Rahul Bordoloi and some other students of the university.
The netizens hailed the initiative of the student. ‘Salute Khalil’ – wrote the social media users as they shared photographs of his unique protest against the citizenship act.
The students of the Cotton University on December 21st, 2019 has launched a protest campaign ‘Saturday Against CAA’ to oppose the new citizenship act. The students will attend the regular classes on the weekdays and every Saturday, they will take time off from other activities to protest against the act.
Violent protests broke out in several parts of the country after the citizenship law was passed in parliament on December 11th, 2019. Four people have been killed in police firing in Assam, while an oil tanker driver was charred to death when his vehicle was set on fire in Orang.
The agitators engaged in pitch battles with security personnel in almost every major city or town, forcing the administration to impose curfew and suspend internet services. The streets of the state turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, logs, stones, rubber pellets and teargas shells as seething protesters descended on the streets opposing the citizenship law.
Photo credit: Ibrahim Khalil/Facebook