IGP Mumbai Abdur Rahman has resigned from his post after the Citizen Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
In a Twitter post, he wrote, "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."
His move was welcomed on Twitter. "IPS officer, Abdur Rahman sir quits service in protest against blatantly communal & unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Bill. Welcome sir. This fight is to be fought from the streets and beside the people. Proud of you.Welcome sir. This fight is to be fought from the streets and beside the people. Proud of you," wrote one user.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.125 members voted in favour of the Bill while 105 voted against the Bill.
Opposition parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK protested against the bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday with a majority of 311 votes against 80 in the Lower House where 391 members were present and voted.