IMPHAL, Jan 12 - Civil society organisations in Manipur on Saturday took to the streets again in Imphal in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after holding a sit-in demonstration at Kwakeithel area.
However, the police stopped them when the rallyists reached the busy Keishampat traffic point here.
The protest march was participated by the leaders and representatives of All Manipur United Clubs Organisation, Committee on Human Rights, Irabot Foundation, National Research Centre and women organisations including Poirei Leimarol Meira Paibi Apunba, Meira Paibi Welfare Association, Kangleipak and All Manipur Women’s Voluntary Association.
Speaking to reporters, AMUCO president Ph Deban warned that the agitation will continue unless the Centre takes up steps to protect the interest of the indigenous population by inserting separate clauses in CAB or keep Manipur out of its purview.
Earlier, United Committee Manipur, another conglomerate of civil bodies of the State, had said that passing of CAB in Lok Sabha is against the interest of the NE region and it indicates that the legitimate demands of the North- eastern people had been neglected.
Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System which had been spearheading a public movement for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit system in the State to control inflow of illegal immigrants, had also strongly reacted to the government’s move on CAB.
Demanding the clear stand of the State Government on the passing of CAB, Kangleipak Kanba Lup said the people of Manipur will not accept the Bill which has a hidden policy to marginalise the indigenous people of the North East. It said BJP cannot decide the fate of Manipur.
Opposing the passing of CAB, Ethno-Heritage Council said that the CAB passed on January 8 is anti-people and it challenges the indigenous people of North East, while the United People’s Front has urged the MPs of all NE States to stand together against the Bill. Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation and North East Indigenous People’s Forum also opposed CAB.
Black day: The Joint Students’ Coordination Committee (JSCC), a unified body of six student organisations including All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on Saturday observed North East Black Day in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and also police action in Tripura and Manipur.
Speaking to reporters, AMSU president Manjit Sarangthem called upon the people to stand together against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. He also warned that various forms of agitation will be launched if the government does not withdraw CAB.