20 January 2020
Cuttack: People from all walks of life irrespective of their religion came out in protest today in against the trio of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
The crowd of about 2000 began their peaceful protest rally from Sunshine Field to Collector’s office amid slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabaad’ and ‘Azaadi’ with fluttering tricolour and a bunch of placards.
The protestors said that they would submit their memorandum to the Collector stating their reasons for opposing CAA, NRC and NPR. They added that they would also request Cuttack Collector to channelize their demands to President Ram Nath Kovind, Supreme Court Chief Justice and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,
Stressing that all people who respect the Constitution should condemn the CAA, a protestor Arif Ahmed Khan urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to support their stand. “We will continue our peaceful protest against the CAA till the Chief Minister clarifies his stand. CAA and NPR are interconnected; one cannot support one and reject another. Odisha being an all-region encompassing state must reject CAA, NCR and NPR.”
He added that Odisha has been frequently ravaged by natural calamities. He asks, “When cyclone hits, do we save our family or papers?”
Sheikh Sher Mohammed Razvi, Nayab Imam of Maulavi Sahab Masjid of Buxi Bazar, said, “Men and women of all religions have come together to protest so that CAA, NRC and NPR would be eradicated from Odisha and all of India.”
He emotionally added, “We were born here and we will die here just like our previous generations. We love our country and we will not leave it at any cost.”