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Stay indoors during bandh period: NEFIP, JCPI

Kohima/Dimapur, November 19: The 18-hours bandh called by the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) and Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) Nagaland begun throughout the state Tuesday night.
The two forums have called the bandh protesting against the decision of Central government to introduce the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 in the ongoing session of the Parliament.
The bandh began at 6 pm and will end at 12 Noon on Wednesday.
Normally by dusk life in the State goes silent, except for small business shops, which remain open in colonies and some localities till late night, but with the call for voluntary shutting down for 18-hours, all shutters went down by 6 pm.
However, vehicular movement remained normal.
There is no report of any untoward incident from any quarters, sources said.
Meanwhile, the two bodies NEFIP and JCPI along with the tribal organizations and civil society organizations of the State, through a statement, appealed to all citizens to stay indoors during the bandh to express total solidarity with the North East people in the region.
They also urged all different institutions and establishments to reorganize its schedules to allow peaceful observance of the bandh.
However, the NEFIP and JCPI said “the appeal is a purely a conscience call to reject the monstrous bill (CAB 2016). This few hours of sacrifice will go a long way to determine the destiny of our future generations to come”.
In the event of any emergency, the statement advised commuters or travelers to display their respective identity prominently.
NSF directs federating units
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) while taking cognizance of the ongoing academic exam season, has directed all its federating units in the respective districts to coordinate with the organizers of the band to ensure that the burden of the shutdown is not passed on the students not only while commuting to and from their examination centers but also while availing the stationeries required for their examinations.
Further, the NSF placed on record its total resentment against the proposed CAB 2016 and assured the general public that it would leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that the proposed bill does not see the light of the day.
NTC supports
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has extended full support to the voices of the indigenous people being raised in Nagaland under the banner of JCPI and NEFIP in the form of 18-hours total shutdown starting from 6 pm
In a release, NTC president Toniho Yepthomi and general secretary Nribemo Ngullie said the contentious CAB which seeks to grant citizenship to people in the name of minority communities, particularly Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from the neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, if passed in the parliament, would enable them to settle in India without any restriction of their identity.
“The proposed Bill is purely communal in nature as it stands for the interest of the Hindus in particular in the context of Indian pluralism and in the guise of its secularism,” it said.
NTC said even without the controversial CAB the North Eastern states are already flooded by illegal immigrants particularly from Bangladesh and further influx by means of the Bill or regularization of these illegal residents would be direct threats to the region’s land, survival of its indigenous people, identity, and culture.
Stating that the whole NE states are fully aware of the impending danger of accommodating additional population migration in the regions when the land itself is limited, the release said. “The whole North Eastern States are boiling now not for the sake of agitation but the issue itself is detrimental to the future existence of the indigenous people on one hand, and due to lackadaisical attitude of the GOI to understand the genuine desire of the region on the other.”
The NTC appealed to the indigenous people of Nagaland, tribes hohos, various CSOs, youth and student bodies to stand in solidarity on the issue in question and extent all possible support to the movement in order to make the regions free of illegal immigrants once and for all. (Page News Service)

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