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NE bandh: 11-hrs total bandh in Nagaland today


Dimapur, January 7: Along with the rest of the North Eastern states, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) will impose 11-hour total bandh in Nagaland on January 8. The total bandh will be from 5 am to 4 pm.
However, press and media, medical, administration, police, para military, pre-engaged programmes like wedding, conventions & conferences (should possess card & programme copy) and students moving back to their places of study (possess copy of tickets for their journey) are exempted from the purview of the bandh.
The bandh has been called by North East Students’ Organization (NESO), a banner organization of 11 frontline students’ organization in the region, in protest against the Centre’s bid to get the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the parliament.
NESO had said it will never accept the Bill since this move by the Government of India is an imposition on the sentiments of the indigenous people of NE and that this move by the Centre is very dangerous as it will reduce the indigenous people of the NE to minority.
Kohima: The Angami Students’ Union (ASU) under the aegis of the NSF will impose the 11 hours bandh in the State capital on Tuesday. It also strongly condemned the Government of India move on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The union appealed to Government offices, schools, colleges, business establishment to remain closed while also asking all public under its jurisdiction to cooperate with the bandh.
Dimapur: The High Power Committee (HPC) of Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) with the constituent units of DNSU will enforce the bandh in Dimapur.
Appealing to all right thinking citizens to extend cooperation in this sudden call to register our protest against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, it appealed to all educational institutions, business establishments to shut for the day.
The bandh will be total in nature with some exemptions, including travellers moving for journey with tickets.
JCPI: The JCPI (Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants) has extended full support to NESO led Northeast bandh on January 8, saying it fully stands for the interest of the indigenous people, especially in the Northeast.
The JCPI said the unwavering attitude of the BJP Central government and the recent announcement of Prime Minister Modi to go ahead with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the parliament have hurt the sentiments of NE people.
“For decades the entire Northeast have been the dumping ground of foreigners and illegal immigrants changing the demographic structure of the entire region; so when the BJP promised to eradicate the menace of illegal immigration, there was a sense of hope and elation. However, the double-speak of the BJP government has shocked even its most ardent supporters in the region, where, instead of tackling illegal immigration, the Central government is prepared to flood the region with non-indigenous populations on the basis of religion which is against the secular fabric of the country. This is a serious offence against the region because such a diabolical policy will guarantee the demise of indigenous communities in the region in the years to come,” it stated.
The JCPI said it is shocked that the Union Cabinet headed by Modi approved the controversial bill on January 7 despite being fully aware that the entire NE is on warpath with bandh in the offing on January 8. “This is nothing but contempt for the entire Northeast Region,” it said while also expressing shock at the indifferent attitude of the Naga State Government despite being fully aware of the impending threat upon the indigenous populations.
On behalf of all Nagas, the JCPI appreciated NESO for taking the lead to voice the opinion of the Northeast people, and the NSF for mobilizing the state of Nagaland in support of the bandh. (Page News Service)