Leaders of the Tripura United Indigenous People’s Council addressing media persons in Agartala

Agartala: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 will violate the 1993 peace accord signed between the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and the state government, said Ranjit Debbarma, convenor of the Tripura United Indigenous People’s Council (TUIPC), a joint body of the banned militant group.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Debbarma said that they would move the Supreme Court if the CAB is implemented by the Central government.

The ruling BJP government will introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on the floor of Parliament and if the Bill is implemented, then it will violate section 2 (b) of the 1993 peace accord which was signed between the ATTF and state.

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“During a peace accord between ATTF and state government in the year 1993, it was clearly mentioned in Section 2 (b) that action would be taken in respect of sending back all Bangladeshi foreign nationals who have come to Tripura after March 25, 1971 and are not in possession of the valid documents authorising their presence in Tripura,” Debbarma said.

He also said that the CAB is against the peace accord and the government should scrap it.

“The Northeastern region should be excluded from the CAB. We will request the government not to introduce it in Parliament. If they implement the Bill, then we would file a petition against it with the Supreme Court. We have also placed a memorandum with Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah to meet with them and to scrap the bill. We are also planning to move to Delhi soon to convince them that the Bill will violate the peace accord and we will also request them to exclude NE from CAB,” Debbarma added.

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