Nude protest on Guwahati streets ahead of PM Modi's rally

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/10/2019 2:47:38 PM

GUWAHATI, Feb 9 (Agencies): Assam witnessed yet another nude protest on Saturday when a group of six persons stripped off their clothes and marched in front of the state Secretariat at Dispur, shouting slogans against the Citizenship Bill.
The incident took place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally at Changsari, around 50 km away from Dispur.
The Prime Minister was in the state to inaugurate several developmental projects, including laying of foundation stone of an All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) at Changsari.
Police said that six persons marched naked on the Guwahati-Shillong Road before police personnel spotted them near the Secretariat and took them into custody. The agitators were identified as members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), an organization opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
On February 1, three persons protested against the bill by standing nude in front of the high-security Janata Bhavan in Dispur.
Last month, at least ten youths from Assam staged nude protests in front of the Parliament in New Delhi against the contentious Bill.
Both the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Assam have been receiving flak over the Citizenship Bill which has led to protests all over the northeast with people from all walks of life coming out to the streets to oppose the measure.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Opposition to the Bill stems from fears that it will give legitimacy to illegal migrants in India.



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