The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 is an Act of the Parliament of India amending the Citizenship Act of 1955 to give a path to Indian citizenship to illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.
A day after the Rajya Sabha cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, protests and celebrations erupted in Kolkata and different parts of Bengal on Thursday. Protesters blocked motorways and attacked on several trains and stations in West Bengal on Saturday.
Even the railways authority issued an notice to not destroy the railway equipment.
Violent protests continued in West Bengal through the weekend, several buses, railway stations were destroyed.
Incidents of violence were reported from Murshidabad and North 24 Paraganas districts, and rural Howrah, said police officials. Angry protestors blocked Kona Expressway in Howrah that connects both NH6 (Mumbai Road) and NH2 (Delhi Road) to Kolkata, the police said.
Twenty trains, including eight express trains, have been stopped at various stations in the South Eastern zone, a railway official said. Both private and public buses were set on fire.
The cancelled trains are 12847/12848 Howrah-Digha AC Exp, 12222 Howrah-Pune Duronto Exp, 120889 Howrah-Tirupati Humsafar Exp, 12860 Howrah-CSMT Geetanjali Exp, 22877 Howrah-Ernakulam Antodaya Exp and 22897/22898 Howrah-Digha-Howrah Kandari Exp. Thousands participated in protests organised by several civil rights groups like the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights here and the Banglar Sanskriti Mancha in Birbhum.
Uluberia railway station of Howrah district were vandalised by anti-CAB protesters. They threw stones at running trains and even some of the train compartment on fire. Train services were disrupted due to the incidents. Multiple long distance and local trains in the Howrah section were stranded due to the violence.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged people to maintain peace and warned that strict action will be taken against the people found indulging in violence.