NSF burns effigies protesting Citizenship Bill & illegal Immigrants

NSF burns effigies protesting  Citizenship Bill & illegal Immigrants
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Kohima, November 30: Supporting the call of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO), the apex students’ body in Nagaland – Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today held a protest rally in the heart of the state capital demanding total withdrawal of the Citizen (Amendment) Bill 2016.
The federation supported by hundreds of students from different colleges converged at Old MLA Hostel junction, wherein they burnt the effigies of ‘illegal immigrants’ and ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016′ as a sign of protest against the Centre’s proposed Bill.
The students also held banner opposing the Bill.
NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu said all the States of the North East Region have faced the problem of unabated illegal immigration from Bangladesh and has become a threat to the social fabric of the region.
Stating that the illegal immigration started from the days after Independence from what was known as East Pakistan earlier, he said the continuous flow of foreigners from Bangladesh, has constantly altered the demography of each of the states of the Region.
“We have noticed disturbing machinations of the Union government to encourage further illegal immigration from Bangladesh,” Ltu said.
The Union government notified the Foreigners’ (Amendment) Order 2015 and the Passport (Entry into India) Notification 2015, he said adding that the two notifications have been given the shape of a Bill known as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Again, the provision for long term visa has been made.
“We will strongly resist creation of another Tripura in the North East region,” he said while also calling up the Central government to recognize the efforts of the students’ community in their effort to strengthen the secular fabric of the country.
The Bill, Order, Notification is a threat to the language, culture, identity of the Indigenous people of North East. NESO would like to warn the government of India that at any atmosphere NESO and people of North East will not accept this Bill, Order, Notification. North East is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis, he said.
In regard to Nagaland, he said, that the Federation has submitted a letter to the state government in August this year to strengthen state mechanism for curb influx of illegal immigrants. He recalled that the State government had asserted to come out with an interim report within two months time, but till date no report has been made public.
He therefore reminded the government to bring out the interim report on illegal immigrants in the State.
Highlighting about the rally NSF general secretary Imtiyapang said that NSF while supporting the call of the NESO had earlier held similar rally in April this year and also conducted public rally in Dimapur demanding inclusion of Dimapur district under the purview of Inner Line Regulation while today’s was the third such rally.
Message of solidarity were also delivered by president of Pochury Students’ Union, Joyson Yitsuthu and Lotha Students’ Union general secretary Ashanthung Humtsoe. (Page News Service)