The last month of 2019 saw an uprising of protests in Guwahati against the recently implemented Citizenship Amendment Act by the Government of India. As citizens of Assam had gathered for rallies and assemblies, there was a rise of violent protests and riots, which had turned into violence, resulting in deaths and massive property damage. However, just ahead of the T20 series against Sri Lanka, Team India skipper Virat Kohli suggests things have cooled down, but maintained neutrality regarding the controversial law.
The act states to grant automatic citizenship to the religious minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who had arrived to India on or before 31st December, 2014. There have been mixed reaction against the law, but the Men in Blues captain has been neutral on his opinion.
“On the issue, I do not want to be irresponsible and speak on something that has, you know, radical opinions both sides. I need to have total information, total knowledge of what it means and what is going on and then be responsible to give my opinion on it.” Kohli said in a recent interview.
“Because you can say one thing and then someone can say another thing. So, I would not like to get involved in something that I don’t have total knowledge of and it’s not going to be responsible on my part to comment on it,” the 31 year old added.
Following the violent protests back in December, around 200 people were arrested and 3000 more were reportedly detained by the Assam Police for actively taking part in the riots. Although, upon the team’s arrival in Guwahati, Kohli suggested that things have cooled down.
He continued: “City is absolutely safe. We didn’t see any problems on the roads,”
Before the series kicks off tomorrow, additional level of security will be put to work at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. A strict restriction on things that spectators will be allowed to carry inside the stadium has been imposed, as stated by Devajit Saikia, the secretary of Assam Cricket Association (ACA).
In an interview with ANI, Saikia said: “Other than mobile phones and purse no other item would be allowed inside the stadium. No other item will be allowed.”
While keeping mum about the CAA protests, Saikia suggested that all the necessities will be available at the venue.
“We are allowing only two items and the rest of the items will be available inside the stadium including food and water” he added.