‘No tinkering with Assam Accord’

A Correspondent
SARUPATHAR, June 19: The Dhansiri Sub division Aikya Mancha and 28 other organizations protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on Monday. Over 1,000 activists from 28 organizations staged a mass protest at the general field in Sarupathar in protest against the controversial bill.

Several prominent organizations, including the Axam Xahitya Xabha, All Assam Karmachari Parishad, Chutia Students’ Union, Tai-Ahom Students’ Union, Assam Jatiyatabadi Parishad, Boro Aikya Mancha Golaghat, Dhansiri Tribal Students’ Union, various youth and student groups, women’s forums, school and college students, senior citizens and members of civil society participated in the protest which was organized by the Dhansiri Sub division Aikya Mancha. All Assam Tai-Ahom Students’ Union president Monoj Gogoi warned the government of a State-wide agitation involving every section of society if the government failed to scrap the highly controversial bill.

“The Centre should specifically adhere to the clauses of the Assam Accord signed in 1985. Anyone who has entered Assam after March 24, 1971 should be treated as an illegal migrant irrespective of one’s religious affiliation. There should be no tinkering with the Assam Accord. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 should be scrapped since it is a threat to the culture, language and identity of Assamese people,” Gogoi said.