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NE 'bandh' Tuesday against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

A number of students' organisation and political parties have called an 11-hour northeast 'bandh' on Tuesday to protest the Citizenship Amendment Bill which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, and

Several students' bodies of the region have decided to observe the 5 am to 4 pm 'bandh' in support of the call given by the (NESO), an umbrella organisation of students' unions, of which the AASU is a constituent.

The All Students' Union (AASU) has called for a state-wide after a gap of 10 years and it is supported by the (AGP), which withdrew support to the BJP-led government in during the day, the opposition Congress, the AIUDF, and the (KMSS).

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to people from minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in instead of 12 even if they don't possess any proper document.

The AGP and other groups in have said that the provisions of the bill will nullify the 1985 Assam Accord, which provides for deportation of all illegal migrants, irrespective of religion, who had entered the state after March, 1971.

"This is a crisis for the Assamese society, and all indigenous communities of the region in general. We will not allow the government to pass the Bill at any cost," AASU told in Guwahati.

The movement needs to be taken to all interior places across Assam and the northeast so that the BJP does not pass the Bill, he said.

of Police Kuladhar Saikia said, "District SPs have been instructed to ensure public peace. Appropriate forces have been deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incidents. Patrolling has also been intensified at all places."

From other parts of the region, the Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP), the All Students' Union (AAPSU), the (NSF) and other bodies have extended their support to the 11-hour called by the NESO.

The "bandh" has also been called to condemn Narendra Modi's recent statement that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would be passed in Parliament soon, a NESO said.

"Despite staging various dharnas even in by students' bodies from the northeast, the Centre is hell bent on passing the controversial bill, undermining the sentiments of the indigenous people of the region," NESO told reporters at Itanagar.

According to a report from, the Capital of Mizoram, MZP said the people of the region were against the proposed amendment as it would grant citizenship to people on religious grounds.

In Mizoram, it would mean legalising thousands of Buddhist Chakmas who had illegally entered the state from Bangladesh, Pautu said.

"If the bill is passed, we will be left with no option but to take up arms to protect our indigenous population," AAPSU said in capital Itanagar.

The Twipra Student's Federation, the student wing of the Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT), an ally of ruling BJP in the state, said in Agartala that it is supporting the

In Shillong, a conglomeration of 14 pressure groups and social organisations of extended its support to the "bandh" called by the NESO.

The Confederation of (CoHSO) also demanded that Chief Minister snap ties with the BJP protest against the Centre's move to pass the bill.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 20:20 IST