KOHIMA, Nov 20 - The 18-hour bandh called in Nagaland to protest against the proposed tabling of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) during the Winter Session of Parliament passed off peacefully, the police said today. The bandh was called by the North East Forum for Indigenous People and the Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants from 6 pm on Tuesday.
No untoward incident was reported from any district of the State during the bandh, a senior police officer said.
Public transport remained off the roads and business establishments were shut during the bandh, he said.
The CAB seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after seven years of stay in the country even if they do not possess proper documents.
However, indigenous people of the North Eastern States fear that entry of the immigrants will endanger their identity and livelihood. � PTI