Manipur students vow to fight against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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IMPHAL, April 18 (Newmai): Student community in Manipur Wednesday remembered two students who “sacrificed” their lives during students’ uprising demanding a mechanism to regulate entry of migrants into the state.

On April 16 and 17, 1980, two students were killed in the firing by the police and security force in their bid to control an uprising of the students demanding regulation of entry of migrants.

The day has been observing as “Realisation Day (Meekap Thokpa Numit)” by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), the powerful student body which spearheaded the movement against unchecked influx of migrants into the state.

Like each year, the student body observed the day which was marked by offering of floral tributes at the memorial site of the two students at Pishum Chinga in Imphal and a procession on the streets in Imphal.

On the occasion, the student body renewed its call for united struggle to protect indigenous people of the region.

AMSU president, Peter Laishram said that the student community of the state will always oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill while condemning the Centre for its attempt to implement the contentious bill despite strong objection from the indigenous peoples of the Northeast.

“AMSU will always fight against CAB or any other bill that is against the interest of the indigenous people of the state,” he said.

He recalled and said AMSU had taken up the “go back foreigners” movement in the 1980s to protect the indigenous peoples of the region.

Speakers at the observance function observed that there has been a rapid rise of influx of migrants into the state.

United Committee Manipur (UCM) president, Sunil Karam alleged that attempt to implement CAB was not the first time which the government at the Centre has been targeting to annihilate the indigenous peoples.

“From the early period, the Centre has been targeting the indigenous peoples of the region by formulating various policies and programmes. It has been revealed from books and articles written by many politicians of the country”, he added.

Economy subsidy, military force, political dilution and population dilution are the processes being applied by the Centre since early period to annihilate the indigenous peoples of the region, he pointed out.

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