Tribune News Service
Bathinda, December 19
Various mass organisations took out a protest march against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) from Pensioners’ Bhawan to the bus stand here on Thursday. The protesters said India was a secular nation and nobody would be allowed to violate the Constitution.
Scores of protesters gathered near the Pensioners’ Bhavan and resorted to heavy sloganeering against the Union Government. They demanded revocation of the CAA and raised concern over the implementation of the NRC.
While condemning the Act and NRC, members of the Lok Morcha Punjab and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha said the two laws (CAA and NRC) would not bode well for the democratic fabric of the nation and foment communal tension in the country.
Sheerin, state committee member, Lok Morcha Punjab, said: “We condemn the brutal attack on Jamia students and demand a through probe into the matter. We also condemn the CAA and the NRC. India is a secular nation and nobody will be allowed to violate the constitution.” NK Jeet, state adviser of the outfit, also addressed the gathering.
Members of another mass organisation, Ram-Ashfaq Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Committee, also carried out a protest march and condemned attack on students of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university.
The protesters gathered near Teachers’ Home, where the committee members addressed them. Amandeep Singh Sekhon, Baldev Singh and Sumer Singh Sidhu, among other executive members of the committee, addressed the gathering.
Sekhon said: “We vehemently condemn and oppose the brutal attack on students at JMI university. Where are we heading today? Muzzling voice of dissent and that too by cane-charging students, who are the future, will spell doom for the nation. In this hour of mayhem, everybody needs to stand united against the brutality so that sovereignty of the country can remain intact.”
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