Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 15
A huge protest was held against the CAA, NRC and NPR by various Dalit organisations at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall here today.
Under the banner of the Bharat Bachao Dalit Manch, a protest march, scheduled from the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall to the RSS office here, was held. The march was held till Jail Chowk from where it was not allowed to move forward.
Despite being stopped by the police, activists were successful in marching for 2 km up to Jail Chowk.
While the activists raised slogans at the chowk for around three hours holding up traffic, they relented after announcement that Malwa zone and Majha zone-level rallies against the CAA would be held during which they would gherao the RSS office.
A declaration was also made that the NPR, being started in the state from May 15, will be opposed sternly and they would extend whole-hearted support to the Bharat Bandh on February 23.
The activists said the NRC, CAA and NPR was being implemented across the country by the Narendra Modi-led Central Government.
The organisations said the Sangh Parivar wanted to turn the country into a ‘Hindu rashtra’. For which minorities, Dalits and tribals were being targeted. They also said efforts were on to make changes to the Constitution. In the beginning of the rally, tributes were paid to Comrade Gurmeet Singh Dhadda and silence observed in his memory.
The manch called for all Dalit organisations, who have remained out of the common front against the CAA as yet, to join in. State leaders of the Bharat Bachao Dalit Manch Tarsem Peter, Sukhwinder Kotli, Nachattar Nath, Shergill, Anil Bagha, Joginder Singh, Chirnaji Lal Kangniwal, Ayub Khan, Ramesh Chouhkan, Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, Tarsem Thapar and Jassi Tallan were among those others present.
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