Staff reporter GUWAHATI, Jan 12 - The North East Students’ Organization (NESO) today observed a ‘black day’ across the North Eastern region against the alleged police atrocities on indigenous people who protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at Khumulwng in Tripura during the North East shutdown on January 8.
AASU activists hoisting black flags in protest against Tuesday’s police firing incident in Tripura, in Guwahati on Saturday. – UB Photos
Black flags were raised at several places in all the seven States in protest against the Tripura Government’s “barbaric way to suppress the democratic movement of the indigenous communities of the State”. It may be mentioned here that a NESO delegation was denied permission to meet the persons injured in the Khumulwng police firing, who were admitted to the Khumulwng hospital.
Along with the student bodies in the rest of the North East, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) also observed the ‘black day’ across the State.
The NESO delegation had alleged that the police also attacked an ambulance carrying the injured protesters and a nearby village inhabited by the indigenous people of Tripura.
The student bodies also protested against the police firing on protesters opposing the citizenship Bill in Manipur on Friday.
“This anti-indigenous stand of the Union Government will not be accepted by the people of the North East at any cost. The Government of India is protecting the interests of the illegal migrants at the cost of the indigenous communities, and that too through an unconstitutional move,” NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa, general secretary Sinam Prakash and adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said.
In Guwahati, All Guwahati Students’ Union (AGSU) activists raised black flags in front of the Swahid Nyas, Uzanbazar, Noonmati, Chandmari, Narengi, Satgaon, Bamunimaidam, Zoo Tiniali, Zoo Road, Dispur, Hatigaon, Kahilipara, Hengerabari, Silpukhuri, Khanapara, Beltola, Bharalumukh, Fatasil Ambari, Maligaon, Dharapur and Azara areas.
Protests were held at many other public places in and around Guwahati as well.