A mass protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was held on the roads of Manipur for the second day Thursday and security forces burst tear gas shells at a place near here to disperse protestors, officials said.
However, no one was injured in the incident.
The protests are being held in response to the call by Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, who have urged people to continue it till the contentious legislation is withdrawn.
The bill was passed by Lok Sabha on January 8 and is awaiting the nod of Rajya Sabha.
A protester Ashakiran of Singjamei Apunba Lup, an apex body of 32 organisations, said "The bill, if passed, will definitely swallow up all the indigenous population of the northeast region."
She said, "The people cannot accept the bill under any circumstances and will continue their agitation till the bill is withdrawn."
T Thaimei of Kakhulong Women Society, who participated in a sit-in at Thangmeiband said though other states in the region have made clear their stand against the bill, it is unfortunate that the Manipur government has not been bold enough to pursue it like them.
"It also seems the Manipur government is not aware of the apprehension of the people on the bill," she added.
The bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India, instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. The northeastern states have expressed apprehension that if it is enacted the indigenous people of the region would be adversely affected.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said on Wednesday that his government was pressing the Centre to insert a clause in the bill to protect the indigenous population of the state.
He had also said people should not resort to "any action guided by sheer emotion" on any issue and added that a thorough deliberation concerning the bill by the people was required before coming to any conclusion.
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