Sankalpa Sikha Yatra to conclude in Guwahati today

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Dispur gherao programme today, Sec 144 CrPC clamped

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 15: Participants of Sankalpa Sikha Yatra launched by 70 indigenous organisations, including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will enter Guwahati city on Friday even as the Assam government has clamped Section 144 CrPC to avoid untoward incident during the period.

The Sankalpa Sikha Yatra which was launched from four places of the state namely Diphu, Jonai, Dhubri and Dhola on November 11, will enter Guwahati on Friday and they will gherao the Janata Bhawan demanding scrapping of the Bill for safeguarding the interest of the indigenous people of the state.

“As a preventive measure to ensure peaceful movement of public, smooth flow of traffic and normal functioning of offices in East Guwahati area, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 has been clamped in East zone of Guwahati city,” Dr Ramandeep Kaur, deputy commissioner of police, East Police District, Guwahati said in a notification here Thursday.

“The order will cover areas of Dispur, Bhangagarh, Basistha, Hatigaon, Sonapur and Khetri Police Station where no gathering would be allowed without the permission of DCP East or any other competent authority,” it said.

“Under Section 144 CrPC, an assembly of more than 5 persons if without permission is found involved in agitation, demonstration, procession and shouting slogans, will be strictly dealt with. The order shall remain in force from November 14 till further notice, it added.

KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi along with 70 organisations took out the Sankalpa Sikha Yatra in order to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 from Sadiya’s Bir Lachit Stadium and various other locations in the state on Sunday.

He added, “We warn the government not to pass the bill and give settlement to any more of illegal migrants from Bangladesh in Assam. We do not want to take any burden of illegal migrants and none of us want to destroy the communal harmony in the state.”

It may also be mentioned that the controversial bill, first introduced in the lower house of the parliament in 2016, amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsee and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.


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