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Meghalaya mine: Citizenship bill protesters target bus carrying rescuers from Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

A bus carrying a team of from Odisha,

headed to aid the operations to trace 15 miners trapped in a rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya, was attacked in district allegedly by people protesting against the citizenship bill, police said Friday.

of Police said while there was no injuries to any personnel when the bus was targeted Thursday night on the in the region, the vehicle was partially damaged.

Protests have been reported from several places in the northeast region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to accord Indian citizenship on non-Muslims from Afghanistan, and

On Thursday night, a group of 14 (NGO) sponsored a night blockade on highways and hence traffic movement on the was disrupted, police said.

The vehicle carrying the from was attacked on the highway in district following which the police escorted it, they said.

On Friday too, several groups of citizens staged protest against the Bill and burnt effigies depicting the proposed legislation and the BJP.

As many as 15 miners are trapped for almost a month inside the illegal coal mine filled with water in

Even as a multi-agency effort to rescue them is underway, the is hearing a PIL in the matter for urgent action.

The Centre Friday told the it has to "believe in miracles" and see if the miners come out alive.

The court told the Centre's counsel, "There is no dispute that you are making efforts. Whether they (miners) are alive today, we do not know. May be somebody is alive there. You have to take them out."

A in said the flow of traffic along the national highways was affected and there were reports of stone pelting on vehicles in West Khasi Hills, and in Ri-Bhoi districts as well.

Some groups in the region continued their protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by observing a black across the region.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:20 IST