The streets in Manipur’s Imphal valley wore a deserted look as the 11-hour shutdown in the entire Northeast called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill began at 5 am on Tuesday.
NESO, an umbrella body of students’ organisations across the NE region, called for Northeast shutdown against CAB that was introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The shutdown which began at 5 am will continue till 4 pm on Tuesday.
However, a state holiday is being observed in Manipur as announced by the N Biren government in celebration of the state being exempted from the purview of CAB.
Following union Home Minister Amit Shah issued a statement in the house on Monday that Manipur will be brought under Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime, the Manipur People Against CAB (Manpac) also announced suspension of its agitation.
However, the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), expressing scepticism over the union home minister’s statement of extending the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in Manipur, continued its call for bandh in Imphal valley.
has been exempted from the bandh call in view of the ongoing Hornbill Festival
there. And, security was beefed up in NE states, including Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there.
People belonging to the Northeastern states fear CAB 2019 would give way to influx of migrants to the region and affect the demography and endanger their livelihood. Hence, several organisations and political parties in the region have launched a series of protests against the Bill and backed the NESO bandh call. The Congress, AIUDF, All Assam Students Union, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, Khasi Students Union and the Naga Students Federation support the NESO bandh.
In Assam, Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University have postponed all examinations scheduled for tomorrow as the IPTA has also called for 12-hour bandh in the state on the same day.
(With inputs from agencies)