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NE in grip of anti-bill protest, youths ink protest in blood | India News


IMPHAL/ GUWAHATI/ SHILLONG: Normal life came to a grinding halt, business establishments remained closed across Imphal city on Monday in the 36-hour statewide shutdown called by Peoples’ Alliance Manipur (PAM) to protest the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB). Normal life was affected in Nagaland too as schools and markets remained closed, vehicles were off the roads and people stayed indoors in response to a 10-hour bandh called by civil society organisations protesting the bill.

Six women were injured as police fired teargas shells and threw smoke bombs to disperse anti-bill protesters in Imphal on Sunday evening.

In Guwahati on Monday, police detained over 100 members of the Left-Democratic Manch, a joint forum of 10 parties headed by CPI, CPM and NCP, as agitators went to lay siege to the Assam legislative assembly as part of the anti-CAB agitation. A scuffle broke out between security personnel and protesters, the latter accusing police of highhandedness. Over 100 protesters were detained but released later in the day. In Assam, students of Dibrugarh University, among the most vocal opponents of CAB used blood drawn from their hands as ink to write slogans against the contentious bill. With a ‘Rokto Hapath (Pledge by Blood)’, a dozen students on campus drew blood from their hands with syringes and blades, with which they wrote anti-bill messages on placards and banners. “We’re ready to give our blood and our life to compel the government to withdraw the controversial bill,” Devid Hazarika, astudent leader said.

Meanwhile, netas from the northeast, including Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma and an AGP delegation led by party chief Atul Bora, were in Delhi in a final attempt to rally forces against CAB, likely to be placed before Rajya Sabha on February 13 as a supplementary bill.



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