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Movement against Citizenship Bill intensifies in Manipur

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Movement against the the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 intensified in on Saturday.

A protest rally was jointly organised at Kwakeithel Akham Leikai in Manipur's district by several Organisations (CSOs) like All United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Irawat Foundation, COHR, Poirei Leimarol Network and AMOVA and others in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

AMUCO said that the bill will uproot the existence of indigenous people of the Northeastern region of He further appealed the CSOs and political parties to come together to fight against the bill.

Six student organisations -- All Students' Union (AMSU), (DESAM), (MSF), Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA), (SUK) and observed "Black Day" today at various places.

Another protest rally against the bill was also held at Wangoo area in Manipur's district.

Workers of National Students' Union of (NSUI), Manipur state and staged a protest demonstration against the bill at the heart of Imphal city and they also submitted a memorandum to the of Manipur, Najma Heptulha.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, and and entered before December 31, 2014.

The (NESO), a conglomerate of students' bodies of the region, also observed 'Black Day' in neighbouring to protest firing in during the bandh against the Bill on Tuesday.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 22:30 IST