Citizenship law: Strike, protests hit Nagaland

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 12:07, Dec 14, 2019 | Updated : 16:36, Dec 14, 2019

Naga Students’ Federation held a peaceful sit-in protest against CAB in Kohima on Tuesday. Photo: EastMojoThe Naga Students' Federation (NSF) has called a 6-hour strike on Saturday (Dec 14) to protest against the amended Citizenship Act, reports

"The bandh (strike) has been called to express the resentment of the Naga people against the passing of the contentious CAB in the Parliament, much against the interests and the sentiments of the Indigenous people in the North-East states," an NSF statement said.

The NSF also directed all its federating units and subordinate bodies in Manipur, Assam and Nagaland to take up all necessary measures to ensure the strike.

With protests against the amended Citizenship Act raging across the northeast, people of Nagaland were seen rushing to goods stores on Friday (Dec 13) to hoard essential items, amid tension that curfew in neighbouring Assam might hit supplies.

Allaying fears, Principal Secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha told PTI that the Indian Oil Corporation depot in Dimapur has been stocked up to last a few days.

"Petrol pumps may have dried up in several places due to the rise in demand, but the deposit in IOC Dimapur wouldn't run out of stock in the next few days," he said, adding that fresh supply would reach the state soon through rail route.

Assam has plunged into chaos with thousands of anti- Citizenship Act agitators descending on streets defying curfew, thumbing their nose at Army contingents staging flag marches, and clashing with police across cities.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind had on Thursday gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, turning it into an Act.