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NESO stages protests over citizenship Bill

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - Continuing their agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the North East Students� Organisation (NESO) today staged protests at the capitals of six NE States � Kohima, Itanagar, Shillong, Aizawl, Imphal and Agartala.

�Through the protests we want to warn the Central government against imposing the anti-people Bill on us. We are not going to tolerate this injustice,� NESO advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said.

Also demanding scrapping of the Foreigners� (Amendment) Order, 2015 and the Passport (Entry into India) Notification, 2015, the NESO reiterated its appeal to the other NE State governments to adopt the stand taken by the Meghalaya government against the move to amend the citizenship law.

�Seven States of the country are against the Bill. If this Bill is passed, the situation in the Northeast will become restive,� Bhattacharya said.

Naga Students� Federation (NSF) president Kesosul Christopher Ltu said the Northeast is not a dumping ground of illegal immigrants. At Kohima, the NSF burnt copies of the Bill during the protest.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students� Union took out a motorcycle rally in Itanagar and held a protest meeting where it criticised the step-motherly attitude of the Central government. Similar protests demanding withdrawal of the Bill were also organised by the All Manipur Students� Union at Imphal, KSU and GSU at Shillong, TSF at Agartala and by MZP at Aizawl.

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