New Delhi: At a time when the nation is witnessing an uproar over the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA), a group of 154 prominent citizens, including former judges, bureaucrats, armed forces officers and academicians, on Monday wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to direct the Central government to take strong action against people who are trying to disrupt the national harmony of the country in the name of protests. Also Read - Telangana to Pass Anti-CAA Resolution, Urges Centre to Revoke Citizenship Act
In the latter, the group said a false and motivated campaign is being launched against the CAA, NPR and NRC with a sinister design to harm the nation. Also Read - Anti-CAA Protesters Begin March from Shaheen Bagh to Amit Shah’s Residence Despite Denial of Permission
Addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind, the citizens in the letter urged the Central government to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness and safeguard the democratic institutions of the country. They also urged the Central government to take stern action against those people behind them. Also Read - CAA Stir: 'Uneducated, Poverty-stricken People Being Paid And Fed 'Biryani' Daily', BJP Leader's Derogatory Remarks Against Shaheen Bagh Protesters
The 154 citizens include 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals. They said a sense of is being spread across the country which appears to be motivated and with a sinister design to harm the nation.
Saying that the campaign is being carried out in a coordinated manner, they said the move is leading to violent protests in which public and private properties have been destroyed.
In the latter, they mentioned that the CAA has been enacted, but the idea of NPR and NRC which has been a part of the Indian discourse since Independence remains to be implemented.
The citizens claimed that they strongly feel that there is also an external dimension to the disturbances being created.