GUWAHATI, Oct 16 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) will launch a movement from October 18 in protest against the Central Government�s move to provide citizenship to foreigners, who came to India due to �religious persecution� in their own countries.
In a release, the AASU said that in the first phase of the movement, members of the student body would bring out torchlight processions in all the district and subdivisional headquarters of the State in the evening of October 18, which will be followed by public meetings on October 22.
The AASU pointed out that as per the provisions of the Assam Accord, the foreigners, who entered Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971, should be detected and deported and the fresh move by the Centre would violate the Accord. The student body said that Assam has already taken the burden of foreigners who came to the State up to the midnight of March 24, 1971. �The State will not take any more burden of foreigners,� asserted the AASU, making it clear that Assam would not be allowed to be used as a dumping ground of Bangladeshi nationals.