Protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) resumed with the influential North East Students’ Organisations (NESO) staging protests across the capitals of Northeast states on August 17 in support of various demands including scrapping of the contentious law.
In Assam, a protest meeting was held by the NESO constituent All Assam Students Union (AASU) against CAA.
The AASU is one of the constituents of the NESO, an apex students’ body of eight organisations in the Northeast region. NESO advisor and AASU leader Samujjal Bhattacharya said that NESO staged peaceful protests at all the state capitals.
The protest is also pertaining to issues related to floods, influx of migrants, complete scrapping of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, providing constitutional safeguards to the indigenous communities, the imposition of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to protect the indigenous people in all Northeast states and implementation of the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, 1985.
The anti CAA protests had first started in Assam, parts of West Bengal and other Northeast states in 2019 and continued for some time till 2020 before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.