Baripada, Jan29 (LocalWire): On Wednesday, the Police arrested more than 91 outfits of Anti-CAA and NRC when they attempted to enforce Brarat Bandh in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. The arrested were protesting against the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CCA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The participating outfits were associated with the Bahujan Kranti Morcha, Mayurbhanj Mukti Morcha, Mundari Samaj, Panchayats Extension to the Scheduled Areas (PESA) and Mayurbhanj Adivasi Revolutionary Youth Students Association.
The protesters blocked the NH-18 at Murgabadi Golei around 9:30 am in order to strengthen their agitation and distributed leaflets to the commuters.
They believe the Citizenship Amendment Act to be discriminatory in nature and hold it responsible for creating disturbance among various communities residing in the country.
Mohan Basky, a leader from the Mayurbhanj Mukti Morcha group said, “Many people from different communities are still ignorant about the CAA.
The Government should take the opinion of its people first.”
The protesters demanded that the government should work towards acquiring the required documents of people instead of troubling them.
They expressed their concerns regarding the tribal people and other weaker sections of the society who might not be able to produce the required documents.
SP Abhimanyu Nayak informed LocalWire that more than 91 anti-CAA and NRC protesters from different organizations have been arrested across the district to prevent unfavourable incidents.
Many business establishments, government and non-government organisations remained open throughout the day.
Transportation services were disturbed for a few hours during the Bharat Bandh.
Meanwhile, the Brahmin society of Baripada town along with servitors of Baripada Haribaldev Jew temple had filed a complaint to the district police against the Bahujan Kranti Morcha for allegedly calling the Brahmins of their society ‘immigrants’ in the leaflets that were distributed by the protesters to commuters.
Edited by Meenal Singh