18 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: 65 students from various from parts of the State, who had gone to Assam to participate in an NCC trekking camp, are stuck in Guwahati after the raging protests against the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) 2019.
The students had left for Guwahati on December 9 and had reached on 11th. They were supposed to leave for the trekking camp in Shillong but were unable due to the curfew imposed after dissent over the implementation of CAA erupted state-wide.
The students, 40 Senior Army NCC and 25 Junior NCC were first shifted to Army base camp and then to a free RDC camp. Their plans to return to Odisha have failed so far as the connecting trains remain cancelled. However, they will be sent back once the normalcy return and trains start running again.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 triggered widespread protests across India. The Act seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. They will be granted fast-track Indian citizenship in six years. So far 12 years of residence has been the standard eligibility requirement for naturalisation.
The anger over CAA led to street protests, first in Assam that later spread to West Bengal, Delhi and other parts of the country.