Kohima: In the wake of the Centre’s move to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Winter Session of Parliament, the Joint Committee for Prevention of illegal Immigrants and the North East Forum for Indigenous People on Monday decided to call for 18-hour shutdown only for shops and business establishments in the state from 6 pm on November 19 to 12 pm on November 20.
In a press statement, the forum appealed people to initiate a mode of agitation unitedly to oppose the “genocidal” bill. It further went on to state “JCPI fervently request all the citizens of Nagaland 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”.
In another press statement that was released by the North East Forum for Indigenous People, the forum extended its support to the JCPI on the shut-down after having an emergency meeting with the Tribal Hohos and civil organisations of the state at the Red Cross Complex in Kohima. The statement that was released by the forum stated: “The joint meeting, therefore, earnestly appeals to all section of our society to rise on the occasion and stand for our rights and reject the bill with their unflinching support towards the call for total bandh to sent strong message to the Centre not to isolate the minority groups of North Eastern region from main land India.”
The Naga Students’ Federation also came out with a press statement stating that after considering all the adverse impact it could have on the students whose examination are underway, the federation directed all the federating units and sub-ordinate bodies to tie-up with the ‘shut-down’ organisers in order to ensure the burden of the shut-down is not passed on to the not only while commuting to and from their examination centres but also while availing the stationeries required for their examination.
The federation further stated: “NSF would like to place on record, our total resentment against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and assure the general public that it shall leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that the proposed bill does not see the light of the day.”