Plea to President for action against anti-CAA campaigners

UMAKANT LAKHERA. Dated: 2/19/2020 6:58:22 AM

NEW DELHI, Feb 18: Over 150 prominent citizens, including former judges, bureaucrats, armed force officers and academicians have written to President Ram Nath Kovind to take action against a "false and motivated" campaign launched against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
They see a sinister design to harm the nation, urging the President to direct the government to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness and take stern action against those behind them.
The prominent signatories include 11 former judges of different High Courts, 24 retired IAS, 16 retired IPS and 11 IFS officers, and 18 former lieutenant generals. They are concerned over a "fear" being spread across the length and breadth of India which appears to be "motivated and with a sinister design to harm the nation."
They noted how the campaign is being carried out in a "coordinated manner," leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed. They expressed concern over "false and nefarious narrative" about CAA, NPR and NRC.
"These protests have great security implications and do not bode well for our motherland. These protests, while ostensibly claiming to oppose the policies of the government of India, are in effect designed to destroy the very fabric of this country and harm the nation's unity and integrity," the letter said, adding that they strongly feel that there is also an external dimension to the disturbances being created.

 

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