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Students, womenfolk stage protest against CAB in Manipur

Volunteers of six student bodies staging a protest rally in Imphal on Friday. – Photo: Correspondent
 IMPHAL, Jan 11 - Volunteers of a Joint Students’ Coordination Committee (JSCC), a unified body of six student bodies in Manipur and womenfolk, particularly the women vendors of Ima Keithel, a women market, staged a protest rally against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the main market area here on Friday.

Holding a festoon reading ‘We oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016,’ the volunteers of JSCC took out the protest rally and the women vendors joined them.

However, the police forced them to go back when they marched towards Raj Bhavan, sources said.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd when a confrontation developed between them around 3 pm. Four persons including three volunteers of JSCC and woman vendor sustained injury. The normal functioning of the Imphal market was affected.

The JSCC comprises All Manipur Students’ Union, Manipur Students’ Federation, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur, Students’ Union of Kangleipak, Kangleipak Students’ Association and Apunba Ereipakki Maheiroi Sinpang Lup.

Political parties and civil society organisations in Manipur have also opposed the Citizen (Amendment) Bill.

The opposition Congress party has demanded a special session of the State Assembly to discuss the issue.

The Communist Party of India, Manipur State Council staged a demonstration against CAB in Imphal. It has demanded an all party meeting on the issue.

Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has asked the State Government whether a Bill passed by the State Assembly can supersede the CAB which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in Rajya Sabha.

Ibobi, who is the Congress Legislature Party leader said that the people of the State want a concrete assurance that the CAB will not affect the indigenous population.

Regional political parties including Manipur People’s Party, North East Indian Development Party besides the Naga people’s Front, Manipur unit have also opposed the move of the Centre for passing the Bill.

Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance has urged the Manipur MPs in Rajya Sabha including Kh Bhabananda and Mary Kom to vote against the CAB in the Rajya Sabha.

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