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Islami Andolon demonstrates in Dhaka against India's CAA, NRC

  • Published at 12:22 am December 28th, 2019
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Protesters in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka on Friday, December 27, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Hundreds of activists of Islami Andolon Bangladesh (Dhaka city unit) gathered at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumah prayers

Islami Andolon Bangladesh demonstrated in Dhaka’s Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area on Friday, protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India.    

Hundreds of activists of Islami Andolon Bangladesh (Dhaka city unit) gathered at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumah prayers.

They chanted slogan: “No CAB, no NRC, and stop torturing Muslims in India”. They also chanted “Where is humanity?”

ABM Zakariya, secretary of Dhaka Metropolitan South of Islami Andolon Bangladesh said: “We know India as a secular democratic state, but this Modi government has taken the form of a fascist by killing democracy.”

“Today, everyone including India's Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has been protesting against Modi. Students at the University of India yesterday opposed the Modi government's anti-human decision,” he added. 

Zakariya said: We cannot sit silent when Muslims in our neighbouring country are facing problems. Therefore, we urge India to take effective action against NRC. Otherwise the result would be dire.” 

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner (Motijheel zone) Md Jahidul Islam Shohag said: “Islami Andolon Bangladesh staged demonstration after Jummah prayers. They marched in procession peacefully from the north gate of Baitul Mukarram mosque and finished in Paltan via the Doinik Bangla Mor.”

Protesters in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka on Friday, December 27, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

“There are lots of police deployed to prevent any subversive activities,”  he added.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to fast-track citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the long-delayed culmination of the anti-foreigners movement in Assam which led to the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985. Under the accord, those who entered Assam after March 24, 1971, would be declared foreigners and be deported. 

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