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Chaos in Imphal as police foil anti-CAB rally

Chaos in Imphal as police foil anti-CAB rally
Vendors of all-women market in Imphal staging anti-CAB protest on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 8 | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:26:26 PM IST

“We are also citizens of India. India is said to be democratic country but why don’t they (Centre) listen to any of our petitions,” vendors of iconic all-women market in Imphal who staged anti-CAB protest asked on Sunday.

Women vendors of the world famous all-women market today protested against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in solidarity to Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) who is spearheading the protests.

MANPAC has called for mass protest against CAB from December 8 till 11 with intense form of agitation from 1am of December 9, the day on which the BJP-led NDA government was planning to introduce CAB 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

Almost all the women vendors, not only those from the all-women market but also other market places in Khwairamband Keithel on Sunday staged protest against CAB on the streets outside their market complexes.

The large number of women vendors attempted to carry out a protest rally on the streets where the state government had already fortified with many police and security force personnel.They  engaged in a heated argument with the police officers and women police personnel when they were prevented from carrying out the rally.

No major untoward incident however occurred as they chose to stage sit-in-protest on along the streets outside their market complex defying repeated warning from the police.Some women vendors have also  started staging hunger strike against CAB following foiling of their protest rally.

They would continue the hunger strike till December 9 to protest against CAB, the women vendors said.

Taking part in the protest, Ningombam Ibemhal Devi, a leader of the temporary market alleged that even if India is said to be a democratic country, no right to protest against anti-people policy was given.

Central leaders will give assurance whenever people of the region raised their voices to resolve issues arising from time to time but they never convert their assurances into work, she further alleged.

“We the women vendors are not satisfied with the attitude of the Central leaders. We have no more faith on them but still cannot remain silent. So, we are protesting here on the street,” she added.

MANPAC, on Saturday, announced a series of protest against CAB which was commenced from December 8. While announcing a 50-hour strike to be begun from Monday at 1 am till 3am of December 11 (the period which Centre will introduce CAB 2019 in the Lok Sabha for discussion and passing), MANPAC had appealed the people to cease their daily activities during the period and join the protest. Many CSOs and student bodies today announced support to MANPAC’s strike.

While announcing support, two student bodies –Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpang Lup (AIMS),reiterated their firm stand against CAB 2019 and fighting against the Bill until Centre addresses people’s demand. The leaders call for a united stand against the bill which has been rejected by the people of Northeast region of the country.

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