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Railway station set on fire amid protests over CAA

Saturday, December 14, 2019 • Tamil Comments

Railway station set on fire amid protests over CAA

As hundreds gathered in West Bengal's Murshidabad district to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act that was recently passed in both Houses of the Parliament, a railway station was set on fire on Friday. At least four buses of the state transport department were also torched on Kona Expressway in Howrah.

"The protesters all of a sudden entered the railway station complex and set the platform, two-three buildings, and railway offices on fire. When RPF personnel tried to stop them, they were brutally beaten up," a senior official reportedly told a news agency. Appealing for peace, Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim requested the protestors to not incite violence. He stated, "I urge my friends to not indulge in violence. The unrest will only make the BJP stronger. The vandalism is affecting the people of Bengal. The fight is not Hindus vs Muslims. We need to fight against the NRC and CAB as Indians."

"Few people are fueling this unrest, don't fall for it. Don't bring trouble to the people of Bengal. If you really want to protest then join Mamata Banerjee's rally in a civil way," he further added.

Under the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which is now a law, illegal migrants of the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014, will be eligible for Indian citizenship.

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