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Anger rises against vexed CAB, protests on in city

By STAFF REPORTER/CITY CORRESPONDENT

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Expressing its strong dissatisfaction over the Centre�s decision to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), the Bangali Samaj of Assam stated that the Hindu Bengalis in the country would be reduced to refugees if the contentious Bill comes into effect.

In a press statement, the Bangali Samaj of Assam expressed apprehensions that the CAB is an attempt to create a rift between the Assamese and the Bengalis in the State.

�The CAB is against the interest of the Hindu Bengali society,� the Bangali Samaj asserted while taking part in a convention meeting called to discuss various burning issues of the State, including the CAB.

The convention was unanimous in urging the government to detect and deport illegal migrants on the basis of Assam Accord.

On the other hand, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad protestors today burnt the CAB copies in different parts of State.

On Saturday evening, hundreds of people hit the streets here expressing their resentment against the controversial Bill.

Intellectuals, senior journalists, members of different political parties, students and the general public took part in the torchlight rally. As part of the protest, they carried out a torch rally from the Guwahati Club point to the Zoo Road Tiniali point.

Senior journalist Manjit Mahanta stated that the rally was not organised under the banner of any organisation or party and the response was spontaneous.

The protestors shouted anti-CAB and anti-BJP slogans in the rally and also urged cross-sections of society to come out and express their solidarity for the cause. Police and civil administration made an elaborate security arrangement to prevent any kind of untoward incident during the rally.

Meanwhile, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said the outright rejection of the CAB might not be a prudent step to protect the interests of the Assamese people as the same might send a wrong signal to the rest of the country, exposing the Assamese people to a disadvantageous situation.

Chakravartty said it would be wise on the part of the Assamese people to align with the rest of the country but at the same time insisting on the incorporation in the proposed Bill a clause stating inter alia that notwithstanding what had been stated in the Bill, it would not be operative in Assam and the north-eastern region as Assam and the north-eastern region had already given shelter to several million people � both Hindus and Muslims � coming to Assam before 1971.

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Anger rises against vexed CAB, protests on in city

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Expressing its strong dissatisfaction over the Centre�s decision to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), the Bangali Samaj of Assam stated that the Hindu Bengalis in the country would be reduced to refugees if the contentious Bill comes into effect.

In a press statement, the Bangali Samaj of Assam expressed apprehensions that the CAB is an attempt to create a rift between the Assamese and the Bengalis in the State.

�The CAB is against the interest of the Hindu Bengali society,� the Bangali Samaj asserted while taking part in a convention meeting called to discuss various burning issues of the State, including the CAB.

The convention was unanimous in urging the government to detect and deport illegal migrants on the basis of Assam Accord.

On the other hand, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad protestors today burnt the CAB copies in different parts of State.

On Saturday evening, hundreds of people hit the streets here expressing their resentment against the controversial Bill.

Intellectuals, senior journalists, members of different political parties, students and the general public took part in the torchlight rally. As part of the protest, they carried out a torch rally from the Guwahati Club point to the Zoo Road Tiniali point.

Senior journalist Manjit Mahanta stated that the rally was not organised under the banner of any organisation or party and the response was spontaneous.

The protestors shouted anti-CAB and anti-BJP slogans in the rally and also urged cross-sections of society to come out and express their solidarity for the cause. Police and civil administration made an elaborate security arrangement to prevent any kind of untoward incident during the rally.

Meanwhile, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said the outright rejection of the CAB might not be a prudent step to protect the interests of the Assamese people as the same might send a wrong signal to the rest of the country, exposing the Assamese people to a disadvantageous situation.

Chakravartty said it would be wise on the part of the Assamese people to align with the rest of the country but at the same time insisting on the incorporation in the proposed Bill a clause stating inter alia that notwithstanding what had been stated in the Bill, it would not be operative in Assam and the north-eastern region as Assam and the north-eastern region had already given shelter to several million people � both Hindus and Muslims � coming to Assam before 1971.