Agartala: The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) is staging a 12-hour road and rail blockade at several places in Tripura to protest against proposed the Citizenship (Amendbill) BIll, 2016.
As part of the protest, INPT workers blocked National Highway (NH) 44A and 8 at several places including Ambassa and Simna on Monday. Protesters also blocked the railway line at Kamting Bari affecting the movement of local residents.
The protest comes a day before the winter session of Parliament is scheduled to start on Tuesday. "The winter session of Parliament will take place this week. If the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed by the government of India, then those illegal Hindu immigrants living in India for over 20 years will get citizenship," said INPT president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl.
"We are the original people of the land but we have already become a minority," he added.
As per Hrangkhawl, the strike will be a peaceful one. "Over 15,000 party workers have gathered at various spots. The blockade will continue till 6 in the evening," he said.
If the government passes the Bill in the coming days, the party will take further steps to oppose it and, if required, will join hands with other organisations from other Northeastern states to protest, added Hrangkhawl.