Itanagar: All constituent bodies of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) on Saturday observed ‘black day’ to protest the citizenship amendment bill (CAB) and the police firing on peaceful protestors in Tripura on January 8 last.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), a constituent of NESO hoisted a black flag at its office at the NEFA Club building here during the day to mark the protest.
AAPSU General Secretary Tabom Dai told reporters that the union is opposing tooth and nail the controversial Citizenship Bill and made it clear that the students’ bodies of the region would not allow the Centre to make North East a dumping ground for refugees. He said five students were injured in police firing during the protest against the CAB on January 8 last in Khumulwng, Tripura.
He also informed that the Tripura government did not allow a NESO delegation to meet the injured students in Khumulwng. A delegation of the NESO had gone to meet the injured students on Friday but the Tripura government stopped them at Agartala and did not allow them to proceed to Khumulwng.
The team, led by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) advisor Samujjwal Bhattacharyya, condemned the police firing incident. At least seven persons were injured on Tuesday at Madhabbari in West Tripura district when police and paramilitary jawans resorted to lathi-charge and fired in the air to disperse citizenship bill protesters. Bhattacharya alleged that an emergency-like situation is prevailing in the state. The NESO had called a Northeast bandh on Tuesday to protest the introduction of the citizenship amendment bill, which was later passed in the Lok Sabha.