Street protests, sit-in continue unabated
IMPHAL, 8th Feb: Despite attempts made by the government to allay apprehension among the public regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, protests in different forms including sit-ins on the middle of the roads continued in the state in pursuance of the demand for withdrawal of the contentious Bill.
On Friday, Uripok-Kangchup Road witnessed a major traffic jam as protesters in large number came out and blocked the road by staging sit-ins at different localities. Police resorted to using tear gas to disperse the protesters in order to allow traffic movement. However, the protesters, after a brief hiatus, came back and blocked the road near Uripok oil pump till evening. They demanded the state government to take a firm stand against the Bill like governments of Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Local residents of Thangmeiband also staged similar protests starting from Khoyathong. However, the protesters allowed free traffic movement on one side of the road. They also shouted slogans demanding withdrawal of the Bill.
Students and local residents of Patsoi area also staged sit-in protests at Patsoi Part 3 and Patsoi Tuliyai Century Club premises. Similar protests were also carried out at Babupara, Tera Loukrakpam Leikai while students and teachers of S Chaoba Memorial English School staged protest in front of their school.