Protest march against CAB in Kohima

Protest march against CAB in Kohima
Representatives of tribal hohos take out protest march to CM’s official residence in Kohima on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/3/2019 11:53:47 AM IST

Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) under the banner of North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) took out protest march against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 at Kohima town on Thursday.

Hundreds of representatives from various tribal organisations, women organisations, GB association Kohima, ANCSU, law college students and others joined the march. After holding a brief programme outside TT Stadium Kohima, the rallyists marched to the official residence of the chief minister and submitted the representation.

The representation signed by NEFIP vice president Theja Therieh and joint secretary Tia Longchar appealed to the chief minister to take up with central leadership to respect the sentiment of the people in the region in general and the state of Nagaland in particular and to withdraw the contentious bill in the interest of peace and harmony.

Earlier, speaking at the brief programme, NEFIP vice president Theja Therieh said the protest was the voice of the people and highlighted how other states were carrying out protests across the region. 

He said that once the Bill was passed in the parliament and becomes a law, illegal immigrants would get full right to settle in Nagaland and would take over the indigenous inhabitants.

Therieh said Government of India should understand that the Indian constitution itself was secular in nature. He also said that government of India should not impose their law in “our land” just like they were trying to impose Hindi in the state, which he maintained was like genocidal in nature.

He also appealed the chief ministers of the North East states to come together and take up the issue. 

Advocate Kezhokhoto Savi said Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland should represent the voice of the people and not to repeat like the last parliament session where he was found absent when CAB was tabled.

Leaders from Ao union Kohima, Zeliang People’s Organization, Eastern Nagaland People’s union Kohima (ENPUK), Advocate Mayang and joint secretary NEFIP Tia Longchar also spoke at the programme.

Protests against CAB in NE states
Protests were also held in Manipur and Meghalaya on Thursday against the controversial bill. In Imphal Valley, members of a large number of civil society bodies and university and college students held protests amid tight police security and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state.
Organising a rally in Shillong, the NEFIP alleged the CAB seeks to wipe out the indigenous tribes from the region. NEFIP general secretary Robertjune Kharjahrin said, “We have decided to challenge the CAB before the Supreme Court as its implementation will be an act of genocide to wipe out the indigenous tribal population of the region. We will also lodge a complaint to the United Nations.” 
He claimed that the CAB violates Article 14 of the Constitution and also seeks to dilute the secular nature of the country. In Imphal Valley the protestors held sit-ins, shouted slogans and formed human chains to register their renewed opposition to the Bill. 

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