New Delhi: Students unions of at least nine universities across the Northeastern region have called for a “total shutdown” of all varsities and colleges today in view of the Supreme Court hearing on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Wednesday a batch of pleas seeking to examine the constitutional validity of the contentious CAA.
Students of six universities of Assam and one each of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have called for the protest.
Meanwhile, the Cotton University Students Union has called for a mass protest from 10 AM to 5 PM inside the campus and appealed the general public to join them.
The CAA has been designed to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to six non-Muslim communities — Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian — who allegedly fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014, and took refuge in India.