IMPHAL, Oct 3 - The people of Manipur under the aegis of the Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today staged protests against the Centre�s move to implement the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the North East.
Women at Khwairamband Keithel, the busiest market area in the State capital, students and others staged demonstrations in several parts of the valley districts in support of the decision taken by the central executive council of the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on September 25 at Kohima, reports stated.
Holding placards which read �No CAB in North East� and �Withdraw CAB unconditionally�, women protesters, including women vendors from the iconic Ima Keithel market, came out on to the streets at Khwairamband Keithel and formed a human chain. Women protesters also staged sit-in demonstrations at many places.
Representatives of civil society organisations also joined the protest at Khwairamband Keithel and raised slogans. Besides, students of various schools in and around Imphal, including university students, also staged similar protests by forming human chains.
Armed and unarmed State police personnel took precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident during the day�s protest.
Talking to reporters, a NEFIP functionary said that the Chief Minister, who was elected by the people, should be amidst the people for the public cause. �We will urge the United Nations and other bodies to intervene if the CAB is introduced in the North East,� he said.
Meanwhile, the Manipur People�s Party, one of the oldest regional political parties in the North East, today announced that it would continue to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the region.