citizenship bill protest

IMPHAL | Feb 13
Manipur People against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) lifted the ‘On-road mass protest opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019’ after the Bill fails to find passage in the RajyaSabha sitting which adjourned sine die today.

The ‘on-road mass protest’ was launched from February 6 in different parts of the state, especially in the valley districts as a part of protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Briefing the media here today at KhwairambandIma Keithel, MANPAC convenor, YumnamchaDilipkumar lauded the support of the general public, six student organisations (AMSU, DESAM, SUK, KSA, MSF and AIMS) and especially the vendors of Ima Keithel in bringing victory in the movement against the contentious Bill.

“Though we lifted the ‘on-road mass protest’, we will continue the anti-CAB movements at the national and international level until the Bill is totally withdraw,” he added.

Dilipkumar continued, “The Centre must clarify its intention for passing the Bill in the LokSabha to the general public. It is questionable how the racially motivated Bill was passed in the LokSabha, a move which will never be accepted by the people of the Northeast”.

Criticising the brutal act of the state police of unleashing tear gas shells and mock bombs to women vendors of Ima Keithel, injuring six vendors who were on democratic protest at Khwairamband Keithel, Dilipkumar said the state government must bear all the expenses for the treatment of the protestors against CAB, who sustained injuries during police action.

Moreover the individuals who were arrested in connection with the movement against the Bill should be set freed immediately without any condition and also return the items which were seized from Khwairamband Keithel protest site, demanded the convenor.

He also stressed that the state government should strongly press the Centre to give assent to the Manipur People’s Bill, 2018, establish the Manipur State Population Commission and also to start maintaining NRC (National Register of Citizens) for the State as done in Assam without any delay.

“We are all set to stand against CAB and other similar Bills, which were moved with an attempt to eradicate the demographic identity of the Northeast. In the coming future we will have greater coordination with the people of the Northeast and fight together against the Bill”, he added.

MANPAC appealed the general public to continue extending their support in taking up any movement to safe guard the indigenous people of the state.

Alongside, AMSU president, S. Manjit on behalf of the six students’ organisation who also spearheaded the protest against the Bill said they will never be satisfied until and unless the Bill is withdrawn completely though it could not be tabled in the upper House today.

As the ‘racial Bill’ is not completely withdraw, still there is apprehension in the mind of the public as there is possibility of passing the Bill as an ordinance, maintained the president. “We will continue the movement against the said Bill by taking up different forms of democratic agitation until the Bill is completely withdraw”, added Manjit.

~IFP

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