12-hr Dima Hasao bandh on Feb 11

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HT Bureau

Haflong, Feb 9: Hills Tribe Student Association (HTSA) has called for a 12-hour Dima Hasao district bandh February 11 in protest against Union government’s move for passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha.

The HTSA, a conglomeration of several student organisations of the hill district, including Dimasa Student Union (DSU), Kuki Student Organisation (KSO), Hmar Student Association (HSA), Karbi Student Association (KSA), was revived here recently.

The student body also demanded the government for scrapping of the Clause 8 of Bodo Accord for granting Schedule Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

Addressing a press conference at the office of Lady Welfare Association here on Saturday, HTSA president Pramith Sengyung secretary Isak Faihreim appeal all sections of the people to extend their support to the bandh for interest of the indigenous communities in Dima Hasao.

However, the essential services, including medical, water supply, electricity, milk supply and exams will be exempted from the purview of the bandh, they said.

It is to be mentioned here that the HTSA was formed in 2016 but was defunct for the past several years.

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