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18-hr State bandh against CAB ends peacefully


Dimapur, November 20: The 18-hour bandh in Nagaland called by the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) and Joint Committee for Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 passed off peacefully without any untoward incidents across the State.
All shops and business establishments downed their shutters from 6 pm Tuesday till 12 noon on Wednesday.
Vehicular movement was not restricted during the bandh period but there was little traffic movement with most vehicles staying off the road during the bandh period. People in general stayed indoors in support of the bandh. School and college students attended their respective schools and colleges in uniforms Wednesday morning.
The Dimpaur Municipal Council (DMC) garbage picking trucks collected garbage from many areas of Dimapur in the morning hours. Shops and business establishments opened soon after the bandh ended in Dimapur.
As per reports from other districts, the bandh was overall peaceful with no untoward incident.
Meanwhile the JCPI has extended appreciation to the citizens of Nagaland for their cooperation towards the clarion call of NEFIP to project a united voice of the North East people against the contentious CAB, 2016.
In a statement, JCPI said the 18 hours state-wide bandh was purely a conscience call for the people to take their respective responsibility to voice their opinion for or against the CAB, 2016.
“The spontaneous response of the people from all districts in spite of the hectic season is a big sacrifice and the message was loud and clear against the CAB. The protest in the entire North East region is unanimous and a clear rejection of the impending CAB which is yet to be tabled on the floor of the parliament. We strongly believe that the GOI will definitely consult the stake holders of the region before introducing the contentious Bill in the parliament,” it said.
Stating that the NE region cannot accept anything that is imposed on the people without its prior consent, the JCPI expressed concern over what it called the “adamant attitude” of GoI to undermine the sentiment of the region by imposing alien culture through forcible assimilation and to convert the region into a dumping ground for illegal intruders.
“We fail to understand why the magnificent India prefers the foreigners to genuine indigenous citizens of the region. Now, the indigenous population of the region have vowed to fight for our rights collectively and therefore, we shall not rest till justice is delivered,” it said.
The JCPI conveyed appreciation to all CSOs, tribal hohos, commercial organizations and the stakeholders for their support and participation in making the bandh a success. (Page News Service)