Protesters form human chain in the heart of Tinsukia town Credit: EastMojo image

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Tinsukia: Various organisations and citizens in Tinsukia came together to form a human chain to register their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Monday.

The chain extended from ASTC bus stand towards SKF police point on one side and around 200 metres on another side. The protesters gathered around 11.30 am, and then started forming chain with rounds of slogans against BJP government at the Centre and state.

Speaking with EastMojo, Tulu Borah, a protester, who hails from Gellaphukri road, said that the BJP is playing Hindu-Muslim divisive politics for their vote bank. “Hindutva Kori aase nija swarth Karone (they are doing Hindutva for their own benefits),” said Borah.

“It is true that there are many foreigners, who entered Assam illegally, and are staying here. It is nothing to with Hindus and Muslims, who are staying together in Assam, much before than 1971,” said Borah and added, “Our demand is to deport all those persons who entered Assam after March 24, 1971 (midnight) as per the tripartite agreement signed with government of India, and hence, we won’t accept CAA.”

The protesters raised slogans against the government. The slogans included — CAA aami namanu, naari sakti jaagise, BJP sarkar hosiyaar, Sarbananda Sonowal hosiyar, Joi Ai Axom (we will not accept CAA, women power has woken up, BJP government beware, Sarbananda Sonowal beware, glory to mother Asom).

Protesters with protest slogans pinned to their saris

Vijay Agarwal, one of the traders among a section of the people who participated in the protest, told EastMojo, that, we are hear to register our protest. “Government should understand sentiments of the local people. We will continue the protest till CAA is not rolled back.”

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“Our country is already over populated. Employment for youths and land, food and health security for all is the need of the hour. First, the government should focus on this rather bringing this controversial legislature,” he added.

Businessman Vijay Agarwal and his colleague participating in the the human chain form

A similar human chain which extended to a few kilometres was organised at Makum in Tinsukia district on Saturday.

“Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma are lying to us. We are not going to fall in their trap. We are not going to accept a single Bangladeshis and there will be no compromise on it,” Majoni Phukan, another protester added.

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