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Maharashtra IPS Officer Abdur Rahman Resigns In Protest Against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Abdur Rahman has announced that he is quitting the Indian Police Service over the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 (CAB) today in Rajya Sabha.

Rahman is currently posted as Inspector General of Police in Mumbai. He is the author of the book, ‘Denial and Deprivation – Indian Muslims after Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Report’.

“The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this Bill. In civil disobedience I have decided not attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

“This Bill is against the religious pluralism of India. I request all justice loving people to oppose the bill in a democratic manner. It runs against the very basic feature of the Constitution,” he added.

Earlier, on Monday too, he had tweeted a series of tweets against the bill.

“The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 violates Article 14 of the Constitution and against its basic feature. It discriminates persons on the basis of religion. It’s an act to demonize 200 million Muslims in India. We condemn Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019,” he tweeted.

“It’s an anathema to the Constitution and if passed will be a black spot in the Parliamentary history of India,” he had tweeted.

“During the passage of the Bill, wrong facts, misleadingly information, wrong logic were produced by the HM. History was distorted. The idea behind the bill is to stoke fear in Muslims and divide the nation,” he added.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill today, despite protests against it across the country. The bill was passed with 125 votes for and 105 against. The Lok Sabha had approved the bill on Monday.

The bill provides Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the current norm, even if they do not possess any document.

The bill excludes Muslims, making religion as a criterion to grant citizenship. It has been criticised as being anti-constitutional and blatantly communal and anti-Muslim.

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