IMPHAL, May 17, 2018: A mass rally was conducted on Wednesday by student organisations and CVOs, from Semson Sing Ingti National Park, K S Terang Road, Diphu to the Circuit House, demanding to withdraw the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Showing solidarity with the protesters, leaders and members of organisations such as Youths Forum for Protection of Human Rights, Youth’s Action Committee on Rights of the Indigenous People, Manipur and North East Dialogue Forum also took part in the rally.
The Citizen Amendment Bill 2016 seeks to allow illegal migrants from the minority communities, Hindu, Christians and Jains of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens after six years of residing in India.
The protesters claimed that the proposed bill is aimed at suppressing the rights of the indigenous people inhabited in North East and it is the agenda of the government of India to continue the same by implementing this law. This law is considered to be yet another law, after the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958, to suppress the Indigenous People of North East.
The rally was organised by Karbi Students’ Association (KSA),Dimasa Students’ Association (DSA), Rengma Students Association, Karbi Anglong District Committee, Hill Tribal League (HTL), All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union, Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and the Karbi Students’ and Youth Council among others.
The protesters demanded immediate withdrawal of the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as a sign of respect to the rights of the indigenous people.
TNT News with inputs from Imphal Free Press
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