Indigenous Forum, Assam Stages Protest Against CAB

The Indigenous Forum, Assam has observed a sit-in demonstration against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) at Chachal area in Guwahati. Representatives from Nagaland, Tripura and other NE States have also participated in the protest saying that they won’t allow CAB to pass in the Parliament.

It may be mentioned that protests erupted across the state of Assam and other Northeastern regions against CAB and on Friday, KMSS and Indigenous Forum have also staged protests separately against the contentious bill. They said that CAB will not be allowed and that they won’t accept CAB at any circumstances which will destroy the culture and heritage of the northeastern region.

Protesters said the bill would breach the clauses of the “historic” Assam Accord, which states that all illegal immigrants who came into the country from Bangladesh after 1971, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported.

The Union government said the proposed Bill will have a cut-off date of December 31, 2014, and anyone arriving after this will not be granted citizenship. Home Minister Shah had said the government will not let a single “ghuspeth” (infiltrator) live in Assam or any other part of the country.

North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Bill “will not override the existing provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution or the provisions of the Inner Line Permit (ILP)”.

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