India deployed Army in Northeastern States of Assam and Tripura after thousands of people defied curfew and took to the streets in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed in Parliament on Wednesday evening.
According to Indian News Channel NDTV the Army has been deployed in four areas of Assam as thousands protested last evening, clashing with Policemen and plunging the state into chaos. Troops have also been sent to Tripura State.
Amid violent protests in the Northeast, the contentious bill passed Parliament last evening after being cleared by the Lower House.
Transport services to the region has been severely impacted as all train services to Assam and Neighboring Tripura have been suspended following protests. Several airlines too have cancelled flights to the region.
The proposed law seeks to give Citizenship to Non-Muslims including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs, who left Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan before 2015.
Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League, a political party, has petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the bill illegal.