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CAB protest: Bandh hits normal life in Arunachal Pradesh

Shops, markets and business establishments kept their shutters down during the bandh...

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Itanagar         By Manoj Singh

The 11-hour North East bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) and supported by All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 on Tuesday hits normal life in Arunachal Pradesh.

Shops, markets and business establishments kept their shutters down while all types of vehicles were off the road during the bandh in the capital city. Educational and financial institutions were also closed and there was thin attendance in government offices.

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Pre-Board examination for class X and XII scheduled on Tuesday was  pushed back by the state’s Directorate of School Education while the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has postponed the undergraduate and postgraduate semester examinations scheduled for today. The APPSC has postponed Tuesday’s interview/viva-voice for the recruitment of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT)to December 21.

Report of from various parts of state has been received. leaving few stray incidents of tyre burning and road blockage  the bandh was peaceful.

A report of burning of a scooty has been reported in Koloriang in Kurung Kumey district, said DGP, RP Upadhayay.

11 hours bandh was by and large peaceful and no major incident has been so far reported. DGP added.

He further said that the students of National Open School (NOS) has attended their routine examination.

SP capital,Tumme Amo said, “The bandh passed off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported except breaking of side window of a vehicle when the reportedly drunken man tried to forcefully drive the vehicle early morning, stopping of a few two-wheelers and burning of old tyres on road sides at a few places.”

Talking to reporters All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) general secretary Tobom Dai said, “Our stand is No to CAB. This fight is under the banner of NESO. From the very beginning, we have been demanding that the CAB issue should be permanently scrapped. If it can’t be scrapped, entire North East should be exempted from purview of CAB.”

“This is a divisive politics by the Central government. They are exempting Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Assam, which is the epicenter of NE, is the worst affected. We are again appealing to the Central Government and to all the Chief Ministers and all the leaders of NE to unitedly appeal to exempt NE from CAB,” he said.

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NESO coordinator Pritam Waii Sonam said, “Every indigenous people of the North Eastern States and Arunachal Pradesh are cooperating us and the bandh is successful.”

In East Siang district, the bandh passed off peacefully and no untoward incident was reported.

SP Lower Siang and Incharge East Siang Surendra Choudary, informed that adequate forces were deployed in all vulnerable places followed by constant police patrolling and no untoward incident has been reported from any corner of the district.

Aalo, headquarters of West Siang district, normal life was affected as all private and most of the government vehicles were off the road and all business establishments down their shutters. The usually busy streets of Aalo had a deserted look with police and magistrate vehicles only plying on the road. However, most of the government offices functioned as usual. No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the district during the bandh.

The CAB, which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, in order to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who are ‘forced to come to India’ following religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday mid-night after a marathon debate.

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