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Joint student’s apex body to stage sit-in-protest

IMPHAL | May 11 : A joint north east student’s apex body will stage a protest in their respective traditional dresses at Dighalipukhri, Guwahati tomorrow opposing citizenship amendment bill 2016.

This was stated by president of All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU), Manjit Sarangthem during a press conference held today at its head office located at D.M. College campus.

He said AMSU strongly opposes the citizenship amendment bill 2016 which states that foreigners from the neighbouring country that is Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal can become citizen of the country if they converted to Hinduism.

He said many illegal migrants and refugees are entering in the north eastern state, and the influx may result in the loss of the indigenous identity and the rich cultural heritage of northeastern states.

To discuss the issue, joint parliamentary committee has conducted a meeting at Shillong yesterday. It was taken part by vice president of the union, Peter Laishram, general secretary, Soibam Anil and advisor of the union, Sinam Prakash. Regarding the bill, there is no cause to safeguard the identity of each north eastern state.

Opposing the bill, a joint protest will be conducted tomorrow at Dighalipukhri, Guwahati. To part in the protest, thirty members of AMSU including vice president, general secretary and advisor have left Imphal today, he added.

Manjit further said that if the bill is implemented in the northeastern states, then the entire region including Manipur might become a dumping site of the refugees and illegal migrants.

Regarding the bill, Meghalaya government has already opposed from being implemented in their state. Manipur government should give its opposition regarding the bill at the earliest, he said.

A onetime protest will be conducted in the entire north eastern states by their respective student organisations opposing the bill. AMSU will take major part in the protest.

It can be mentioned that inner line permit bill has been implemented in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, and chief minister of Meghalaya has asserted to discuss for implementation of inner line permit and other laws with the cabinet ministers.

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