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Strip protests continue over citizenship bill

Strip protests continued over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill on Friday as one man removed his clothes in front of the deputy commissioner s office at Jorhat to express his disapproval of slapping of sedition charges on litterateur Hiren Gohain. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014. The man, identified as Mantu Dutta, came before the deputy commissioner s office, shouted Joi Aai Asom (glory to mother Assam) and stripped alleging that the government is playing dirty politics by slapping sedition charges on Hiren Gohain. He should not be arrested . Sahitya Akademi awardee and former Guwahati University professor Hiren Gohain was booked under sedition laws suo motu by the police on Thursday for his alleged remarks on the citizenship bill. The Gauhati ...

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