The 11-hour Northeast bandh called by North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), backed by various other bodies and political parties, of the region to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill began at 5 am on Tuesday.
Security was beefed up in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.
The Manipur People Against CAB (Manpac), which was spearheading the agitation in the state, has announced the suspension of its stir on Monday, after Home Minister Amit Shah said that the to be brought under Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime.
Parties and organisations such as the Congress, AIUDF, All Assam Students Union, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, Khasi Students Union and the Naga Students Federation are backing the NESO to observe the bandh.
A total of 16 left-leaning organisations such as the SFI, DYFI, AIDWA, AISF, AISA and the IPTA has also called a 12-hour bandh in Assam, coinciding with the NESO-organised shutdown.
The contentious Bill lapsed as it was not introduced in Rajya Sabha. A new version was tabled on Lok Sabha on Monday.