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AASU protests Centres�s move on Hindu migrants

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, July 26 - The district unit of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) today staged a sit-in demonstration in their office campus near Deputy Commissioner�s residence here to protest against Centre�s bid to grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshi refugees who sneaked into Assam after March 25, 1971.

The students� union which staged three hours of demonstration reiterated that it will not tolerate citizenship to foreign nationals in Assam. �All those foreigners irrespective of the religion they profess, who have come to Assam from Bangladesh and other nations after March 25, 1971, must leave the soil. We do not want division among the Assamese people in the name of religion,� said Anil Gogoi, Organizing Secretary, AASU.

The demonstration is part of the state- wide protest launched by AASU today to express its annoyance over Centre�s effort to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi refugees. The AASU leaders here said that Assam is already overburdened with the huge influx from the neighbouring nations and cannot accept more.

Tezpur: As part of the Statewide protest programme declared by the All Assam Students Union (AASU), it�s Tezpur unit also staged a protest programme today at the heart of the town in against the Central government�s decision to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindu Bengalis who migrated to Assam after 1971. In the protest programme, assistant general secretary of the students� body Duldul Barkataki, president and secretary of AASU Tezpur unit Abhijit Nath and Nitul Bora respectively were present and addressed the gathering. In his speech, Duldul Barkataki said that under no circumstances Assam will bear the burden of any Bangladeshi or any foreigner.

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