Protests continue, CAB copies burnt, CSOs in stir mode
IMPHAL, 10th Jan: Sustaining protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, copies of the bill were burnt by student activists.
Demanding that CAB should not be implemented in Manipur and North East, students of various departments of Manipur University staged a sit in protest at Coffee Corner, MU campus here Thursday.
Placards that read “CAB, 2016 should not be implemented in Manipur”, “India government should not convert NE into Hindu majority states”, “Mad man cannot govern”, “Down Down BJP government”, “Illegal migrants should not be protected”, “Manipur People Bill, 2018 should not be kept suppressed”, etc., were used by the agitating students.
Later, the students burnt copies of CAB, which was passed in the Lok Sabha, and shouted slogans like “Territory of Manipur will be safeguarded only by indigenous communities.”
Students under the aegis of Imphal College Students’ Union also burnt copies of the bill in front of the college gate. The students shouted slogans like “CAB, 2016 cannot be implemented in Manipur”, “Down Down BJP government”, etc.
While condemning the CAB as a policy to wipe out indigenous communities of NE, a sit in protest was also organised by Singjamei Apunba Nupi Lup at Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai.
Students of Standard College, Biramangol College, Naorem Birahari College, CI College, YK College and Modern College also protested against the bill by burning copies of it. On the other-hand, more civil society organisations of the state announced their preparedness for launching protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill when called upon.
In separate statements, United People’s Front (UPF), Manipur; Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK); Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation (MMWO); All Manipur Women’s Voluntary Association (AMAWOVA) and Manipur Friendship Organisation (MAFRO) strongly decried the Union government led by BJP for passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill without the consent of the people. They also urged all political parties in the state to unitedly oppose the Bill and take up necessary actions to ensure withdrawal of the Bill while announcing that they are ready to launch agitations when the leading organisation or union gives a call.