Preventive measures in KA, Dima Hasao; HSDC-KSA to support today’s bandh

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DIPHU/ HAFLONG, Oct 22: The state administration has taken all measures to prevent 12-hour Assam bandh call in three hill districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao even as Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Hill State Demand Council (HSDC) and Karbi Students Association (KSA) have extended their support to the bandh call given by 46 indigenous organisations demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Left leaning HSDC and its faction of KSA and allied organisations on Monday announced its support to the bandh call on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference at KSA faction office here on Monday, the HSDC general secretary Laichan Engleng said, “HSDC and allied organisations KSA and others are supporting the 12-hour Assam bandh on October 23. When the BJP-led government cannot give opportunities to its citizens and safeguard the identity of different ethnic groups in the country, how can people from outside be given citizenship here? We are totally opposed on the move by Union government for its move for passage of the Bill.”

“If the Hindu Bangladeshis are given citizenship, the demography of the hill areas will be changed. It will be a threat to the existing tribal groups living in the hill areas” KSA president Simeon Rongphar said.

HSDC finance secretary Khorsing Singnar and others attended the press conference.

Meanwhile, Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa urged all section of the people to defy the bandh call and maintain normal functioning of the government and private offices on Tuesday.

In a circular issued to this effect on Monday, the deputy commissioner has directed the district heads to ensure that offices remain open and all employees should report for duty on that day or else disciplinary action would be taken against anyone remaining absent on the pretext of bandh. “It is directed that all government employees must attend office on Tuesday. Immediate disciplinary action, including pay cut, would be taken against anyone absent on pretext of bandh,” he warned.

Rajkhowa said any individual or organization calling a bandh in flagrant violation of the Supreme Court and Gauhati High Court verdicts would be legally sued for infringing upon the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution under Articles 19 and 21. He warned that contempt petitions would be filed by the district administration against those calling such bandh and compensation would be levied for economic losses incurred during the bandh that include trade, transport.

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