Angry locals protested at various places in the North East states against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on October 3 since morning. They launched a movement in the North East states after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the legislation would be introduced in the new session of Parliament. Hundreds of representatives from various organizations, vendors, women, school and college students, local club members, womenfolk and members of civil society organizations had participated in this movement. They were chanting slogans against government. They had called shutdown in some parts of the states. Normal life was totally disrupted due to these protests. The police team was deployed in different areas for precautionary measures. No untoward incident was reported during this protest period.
Protesters staged protests in Dimapur (Nagaland), Shillong (Meghalya), Imphal (Manipur), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) and Assam. Hundreds of representatives from various organizations gathered near the monument of Kiang Nongbah in Shillong. Many students and women came together under the banner of Manipur People against CAB (MANPAC). Peoples Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) Party and Mizoram Peoples Conference (MPC) office-bearers, including their party presidents, also joined the rally in Mizoram. Six major student’s bodies of Manipur state also supported the protest. All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students Association (KSA), Students Union of Kangleipak (SUK) and Apunba Ireipak Maheiroi Singpanglup (AIMS) had participated. People also carried out a protest march in Kohima of Nagaland. The North East Forum of Indigenous People also organized a rally in Shillong. Another rally started with loud ringing of bells and by forming human chains in Manipur. People were also seen holding placard which read “No CAB in North East” and “Withdraw CAB unconditionally”. They submitted a memorandum to plead exemption of Mizoram and other northeast states from the CAB. They held many street demonstrations in Kohima, Itanagar and Imphal due to which traffic movement was affected. Resident of Mizoram were demanding the Mizoram and other North East states should be left out of the CAB. They will continue their opposition and protest until their demands are not fulfilled. The Nagaland Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) also held a protest march which started from Badminton Stadium and ended outside the residence of chief minister N Rio in Kohima. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the chief minister.
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