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Leaders of INPT at a sit-in demonstration in Khumulwng, the headquarters of TTAADC in Tripura on Thursday
Leaders of INPT at a sit-in demonstration in Khumulwng, the headquarters of TTAADC in Tripura on Thursday|EastMojo Image
TRIPURA

INPT opposes Citizenship Bill, animal sacrifice ban in Tripura

Mini rally, 5-hour sit-in demonstration organised by indigenous people’s party at TTAADC headquarters Khumulwng to register protest against legislation, HC order

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) on Thursday staged a mini rally and a sit-in demonstration at Khumulwng, the headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 and the recent Tripura High Court’s order to ban animal sacrifice across the state.

Speaking with the reporters, INPT supremo Bijay Kumar Hrangkhwal said that the ruling BJP is trying to implement CAB in Parliament and it can turn dangerous for the people of the state as well as the Northeast.

“If they [BJP] succeed in passing CAB then the state may be [in] unrest and the law and order situation across the Northeast will also be affected. We want the central government to be very careful as they decide to pass the bill in assembly next,” Hrangkhwal said.

He also said that the minorities are being deprived in the Northeast and decisions of implementing CAB will deprive us further.

“This is a very crucial and important question the Centre must reply to us that what will be our existence and where shall we go? By implementing CAB they are trying to grab their votes. They are depriving the minority people of the state. We will request them not to introduce CAB. Today we have sent this message from this state to the Centre,” the INPT supremo told reporters.

The general secretary of the party Jagadish Debbarma said that the sit-in demonstration has been called with two-point charter of demands to safeguard the rights and culture of the Tripura.

“We are here today on a five-hour sit-in demonstration opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and the High Court’s verdict to stop the animal sacrifice,” he added.

“The government is trying to create vote bank by bringing people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and providing them shelter here in India. We have opposed this bill in the past now again they are trying to pass the bill,” Debbarma said.

He also said that the High court of Tripura has imposed a ban on animal sacrifices in the temples of the state, which is shocking.

“We are not fighting against the High Court but we appeal the HC that they review the matter once again. This is a part of our culture and tradition, being practised for long. We have heard that some organisations are going to appeal to the Supreme Court and we will support them. If required, INPT may also file a petition on its own capacity in the Supreme court,” Debbarma added.