Intelligence agencies suspect role of “Islamists” behind protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Northeast

Central intelligence agencies have suggested that Islamist organisations may be fuelling the protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill in North Eastern region. The Islamist organisations from the very beginning have voiced their dissatisfaction with the bill.

The main Islamist organisations that are in forefront against the bill include, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and all Assam minority students union, among others.

The bill makes it it easier for persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Jains and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship. Central intelligence agencies suspect that these organisations are also funding others to protest against the bill.

What made the agencies’ suspect the role of Islamist organisations behind the protests were some posts on social media spreading rumours and misinformation about the bill.

These were aimed at inflaming passions among the indigenous people of the region and turn them against the Bharatiya Janata Party. Many of these posts were also aimed at re-kindling the latent feelings of alienation that exist among many northeasterners.