Legendary Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma against CAB during press conference on Saturday in Imphal

Imphal: Aribam Shyam Sharma, eminent filmmaker from Manipur, on Saturday denounced the passing of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019, in the Parliament and said it is much against the interest of the people of northeast.

The octogenarian filmmaker, who has been vocal against the legislation said, “Northeast should not be treated as a dumping ground for illegal immigrants.”

Sharm had earlier returned the Padma Shri which was conferred on him in 2016 as a mark of protest against the Citizenship Act.

Welcoming the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur, which was a long-awaited demand by the people of the state, Sharma expressed his happiness for the particular law, however, lamented the fact that people of the region are suffering because of anti-CAB protests.

“Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya are burning and people have lost lives in protests against the CAB. It is very unfortunate and I feel so sorry for what’s happening in our region and I want to express my solidarity to the people of Assam and other parts of the northeastern states,” Sharma said addressing a press conference here.

While appealing to the people of the region to stand united in these hard times, Sharma said “We must strike together against this particular Act. This is detrimental to the people of northeast and the fight must go on.”

CAB is now an Act and would give citizenship to illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and have entered India on or before 31 December 2014.

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