RAHA, May 17 - A large number of people came together and formed a massive human chain at Raha Chariali here on four-lane highway on Wednesday at 11 am to register their protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The event was organised by the local units of AASU, AJYCP, ATSU and MASS.Members of more than 20 organisations, including students of different schools and colleges of Raha, actively took part in the protest and made their stand clear not to support the Bill.
Addressing the protesters, Anup Chetia, pro-talk ULFA leader, stated that the proposed amendment to the Bill is a threat to the identity of local people. “If the Centre is actually encouraging infiltration by bringing in the amendment to the Citizenship Act, we will launch massive protests across Assam,” Chetia said.
Lachit Bordoloi, leader, MASS, while taking part in the protest, said, “The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 poses a grave threat to Assam. If the Bill is passed in Parliament, the illegal immigrants belonging to the minority communities from Bangladesh, who are now illegally residing in Assam, will become genuine Indian citizens. We urge all the organisations of the State to oppose such a suicidal move as Assam is already facing the brunt of illegal immigration.”
Apart from AASU leaders, Dilip Patgiri, former leader of AJYCP, also addressed the gathering. The protest was withdrawn at 1.15 pm after submission a memorandum opposing the Bill to JPC through Biswajit Pegu, Nagaon DC. Satyajit Chetia, Nagaon ADC, received the memorandum from the organisations.
Pallavi Kachary, Circle Officer, Raha was also present on the occasion.