TANGLA, June 16: Opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is becoming all-pervasive in Assam where one or another organization is staging protest against it almost every day. In sync with various other organizations of the State, the newly formed Society for Indigenous People’s Rights (SIPR) staged such a protest in Udalguri on Friday.
The SIPR took out a massive rally demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 from Swahid Bedi to the DC office premises in Udalguri. The rally was joined by students of various junior colleges and colleges spontaneously. They held placards and shouted slogans against the Bill. The members of the SIPR handed over a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the magistrate, Karpun Patir. The memorandum spelt it out that a foreigner can never be made an Indian on religious considerations, and granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis would be against the interest of indigenous people in of the State as their identity would be under threat.
The president and secretary general of Udalguri district committee of SIPR – Banjar Chandra Brahma and Demfu Daimari respectively – among others took part in the protest march.