Normal life in Nagaland was paralysed on Saturday following the statewide shutdown call given by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) against the amended Citizenship Act 2019, while curfew in Guwahati has been relaxed from 9 am to 4 pm, police sources said.
In Assam, curfew was imposed in Guwahati since December 12 as the protests turned violent after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by Parliament. The curfew has now been relaxed from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, the sources said, adding schools and offices remain closed.
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In Nagaland, condemning the Act and expressing solidarity to the agitation against the Act in Assam, NSF called for a six-hour statewide shutdown on Saturday. The Act did not take into account the sentiments of the indigenous people of the Northeast, NSF vice president Dievi Yano told the media.
Following the shutdown call from 6 am to 12 noon, the streets wore a deserted look as all schools, institutions and markets were closed and vehicles remained off roads, police said
Yano said that the Citizenship Act 2019 is the latest weapon of the Centre to divide the Northeastern people on concessional lines, and NSF will never support the Act. He said that along with the North East Students Organisation (NESO), NSF would ensure that the law does not take effect in the region. The NSF also condemned the three Naga MPs- Lorho S Pfoze (Lok Sabha) from Manipur, Tokheho Yepthomi (Lok Sabha) and K G Kenye (Rajya Sabha) from Nagaland, for voting in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Bill, after approval by Parliament, became an Act as President Ram Nath Kovind gave the presidential assent to it on Thursday night.