Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are being witnessed across the country, Delhi being its epicentre.
Section 144, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in an area, has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in both the states.
Protests are being witnessed in Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Patna and many other places.
Delhi has been witnessing massive protests since the day the CAA was passed.
As many as 18 metro stations including, Patel Chowk, Lok Kalyan Marg, Udyog Bhawan, ITO, Pragati Maidan, Central Secretariat, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar and Mandi House are closed. Trains will not be halting at these stations.
Not just this, internet services, SMS and voice services have been suspended in many parts of Delhi following a government directive in the wake of CAA protests. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have suspended internet services in many areas.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 was passed by the Parliament last week and became an act after receiving assent from President Ram Nath Kovind.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before 31 December 2014, eligible for Indian citizenship. Muslims have been excluded from the bill, which was approved by PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet last week.