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Anti-CAA Protests Begin In Assam From Friday

While the Centre is preparing to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) across the country, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other students’ organisations in the north-eastern region have intensified their agitation against the contentious law. North East Students’ Organisation — comprising All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Twipra Student Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) — observed Friday as ‘black day’ across the region. In Guwahati, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) hoisted black flags, displayed black banners protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) advisor Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that AASU and NESO will continue the movement till the CAA is scrapped. “The central government tried to divide the people of Northeast by saying that the inner line-covered areas will be exempted. The people of Northeast under the leadership of the NESO had taken a very firm stand to call north-east bandh on December 10 last year to oppose the CAB and the CAA,” Samujjal Bhattacharya said. “On December 11, 2019, the central government passed the bill in Parliament. So, NESO decided to observe December 11 as black day for the people of Northeast. So, today, the people of the north-eastern region are observing black day by hoisting black flags in all the seven states of the north-eastern region,” Samujjal Bhattacharya said. Bhattacharya, who is also the advisor of North East Students’ Organization (NESO), further said, “We won’t accept the CAA. It is violating the Assam Accord, anti-indigenous, anti-Northeast, communal and unconstitutional.” “The CAA must be scrapped. The perspective of the people of Assam and northeast is different from other parts of the country. In Assam, there is an Assam Accord and the Assam Accord is very clear that those who had entered Assam from 1951 to 1971, either a Hindu or a Muslim, can stay in Assam with the right of citizenship,” Bhattacharya said. “But, those who had entered after 1971, must be deported. So, the solution lies in the Assam Accord. Northeast is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis. We can’t allow the Northeast to become a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis,” Bhattacharya said. He further said that the method of the movement throughout India and in Assam and Northeast is something different and this movement will be continued till the CAA is scrapped. Five youths were killed and several others were injured in Assam during the anti-CAA agitation in December last year.

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