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Asmat Jamil, Who Led Kolkata’s Park Circus Anti-CAA Sit-In Protest Dies Of Cancer

Asmat Jamil, who led one of the longest sit-in protests in Kolkata’s Park Circus Maidan against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act died on Monday.

Asmat was suffering from cancer and leaves behind her husband and two daughters.

Asmat, a wheelchair-bound homemaker became a symbol of resistance against the Citizenship act, when she mobilised a small group of women and staged a protest at the Park Circus Maidan. Although she was suffering ailments and a recent kidney transplant, Asmat refused to move till the central government withdrew the law.

In the days that followed, thousands joined the sit-in protest, which was the longest vigil after Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.

The demonstration attracted politicians, social workers, rights activists and youths, inspiring similar protests at several corners of the city.

Her funeral prayer was held at Park Circus Maidan, the very place she mobilised thousands of people.

Photo Source: Mohammad Reyaz/Facebook

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