Total shutdown called by the Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) crippled normal life in Nagaland. The 18 hour shutdown was supported by several organisations, including Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC).
The “all Nagaland shutdown” started from 6 pm of November 19 and culminated at 12 noon on Wednesday
Shops and other business establishments did not operate during the bandh. Students appearing examinations were exempted from the purview of the shutdown.
There was no untoward incident reported from any part of the State due to the bandh.
As the CAB 2016 is to be tabled once again in this Winter Session of Parliament, the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) had directed all federating organisations across the Northeast region few days ago to initiate ‘a united mode of agitation to oppose the passage of this genocidal Bill’.
According to the JCPI, once this “contentious” Bill becomes an Act it will forever change the demography of the entire Northeast states where the indigenous population will become minority in their own land like Tripura.
Earlier, JCPI had ‘fervently’ requested all the citizens of Nagaland State to extend their full cooperation and bear with the inconveniences by suspending all normal activities and engagements to give a collective message to the government of India to withdraw the controversial CAB 2016.