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Protest against CAB in Kohima today

DIMAPUR, OCT 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/2/2019 11:48:46 AM IST

Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) will hold a march against the contentious Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016 in Kohima town on October 3, 2019, to protest against the contentious Bill. 

JCPI through its media cell informed that the proposed march against CAB will march from Badminton Stadium, Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima and culminate at the official residence of the chief minister of Nagaland. JCPI has requested participants to assemble at the Badminton Stadium at 9.30 a.m. for brief programme before proceeding to chief minister’s residence.

It may be recalled that JCPI and North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) decided to launch a regional protest against the Bill at the first NEFIP central executive council meeting held in Kohima.

JCPI media cell reiterated that it was imperative for the indigenous people of the region, to forge a common front to represent the entire north eastern region in order to voice collective concern, to protect their common culture, custom, practices and identity which were evolved since time immemorial.

Media Cell reiterated that NEFIP and JCPI strongly opposed the proposed CAB 2016 in its present form, which inter alia, seeks to declare persons belonging to minority communities (Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan) not be treated as illegal immigrants.

JCPI media cell also disclosed that the Third Schedule of the 1955 Act was proposed to be amended in order to decrease the residence requirement from 11 years to six years. JCPI said CAB also seeks to make drastic changes in the citizenship and immigration norms of the country by relaxing the requirements for Indian citizenship. JCPI said the problem was not with the flexibility of the rules, but the applicability of the amendments on purely religious lines. 

“The region for the first time has decided to express our resentment and deplores the aggressive imposition of alien culture by GoI to swallow the indigenous population of the region,” JCPI said. Further, JCPI claimed that present form of CAB and imposition of compulsory Hindi was an attempt to establish “One Nation, One Language and One religion”, which it said, were seriously detrimental to the people of the region. 

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