New Delhi: Expressing concern over the anti-CAB protests, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has summoned Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das to lodge a protest after an irate mob attacked a security vehicle in Guwahati which belonged to Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner Shah Mohammad Tanvir Mansur, stated a report. The attack took place when Mansur’s convoy was returning from the airport to his home.
Reacting to the attack, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry issued a statement on late December 12 which noted that the anti-CAB protest would be considered a ‘one-off’ incident, stated a report. On Thursday alone, at least two people were killed and five others were injured in Assam during the anti-CAB protests, stated a report. Meanwhile, as Acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan placed increased security demands, the Indian envoy assured that steps are being taken for Bangladesh’s safe diplomatic mission in Guwahati, reported the Bangladesh media.
These developments have come in the wake of several Bangladeshi ministers including Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen canceling their visits to India owing to the rising unrest in the Northeast. Amid the violent protests, the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 was passed in both the Houses of the Parliament and was signed into law by the Indian President.
Under this law, migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan will be granted Indian citizenship provided they are Hindus, Christians, Jains, Sikhs, and Parsis and had come to India before December 31, 2014, to escape religious persecution in their home countries, stated a report. Protests erupted since the citizenship amendment bill excludes Muslim migrants from seeking Indian citizenship. It must be noted that the followers of Islam are the largest religious minority group in India.