TANGLA: The activists of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along with 28 other indigenous organizations of State took out a massive torchlight procession throughout Tangla town in Udalguri district on Saturday evening in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The protest was particularly in wake of the Gazette Notification of the Act as a massive gathering of more than 10,000 people from every walk of life, irrespective of caste, community, and religion, spontaneously participated in the procession which started from Tangla HS playground and passed through the main thoroughfares of the town via Tangla Tinali before culminating at Kukurakata.
The protesters shouted slogans against the government. The programme organized by Tangla Anchalik AASU was addressed by its president Pranjal Deka and assistant general secretary of AASU, Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharya.
Jayanta Kumar Bhattacharya termed the act an attempt to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of the State. Bhattacharya said, “The forceful imposition of the Act by bringing Gazette Notification is an utter insult to the historic Assam Accord and is detrimental to the secular feature of the constitution. The democratic protests against the Act have not been paid heed to but no force can deter us and we will continue our protest till the Act is withdrawn from Assam.”
Pranjal Deka said, “We have opposed the Act tooth and nail and we will not change our stand whatever might be the circumstance as it is a question of the survival of a community. Assam is already overburdened with a huge influx of foreign nationals from Bangladesh causing serious economic and social stress and identity crisis, posing threat to the existence of the indigenous communities of Assam.”