5 foreigners asked to leave India for participating in anti-CAA protests
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed Lok Sabha that five foreigners were asked to leave India for violating visa norms by participating in anti-citizenship law protests.
The Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday that five foreigners were asked to leave India for violating visa norms by participating in anti-citizenship law protests.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said this in a written reply to a question, saying: "As reported by the Bureau of Immigration (BOI), five foreign nationals who violated visa norms by participating in the anti-CAA protests were asked to leave India."
The contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has led to widespread protests in different parts of the country. According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship.
Many claim that the act is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims. But the BJP government maintains that the act is meant for minorities persecuted in three neighbouring countries due to their faith.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month ruled out a rethink on decisions on the CAA and Article 370, asserting that his government remains and will remain firm on the steps, which have been taken in national interest, despite pressure from all sides.
"These decisions were necessary in the interest of the nation. Duniya bhar ke saarey dabaon ke bawjood, inn faislon par hum qayam hain, qayam rahengey (Despite pressure from all sides, we remain firm on the decisions and will continue to remain firm," Modi said.
Provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special powers to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, were abrogated by the government in August last year.