Citizenship Bill: Indefinite Curfew Imposed In Manipur

Indefinite Curfew Imposed in Manipur
Indefinite Curfew Imposed in Manipur

Imphal, February 12, 2019

After internet services were banned in the state, now authorities have imposed prohibitory orders in Imphal East and West districts for an indefinite time period in view of the violent protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Section 144 CrPc was also imposed in the state on February 11th, 2019.

The Citizenship Bill was listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. It may be recalled that the Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019 and if cleared in Rajya Sabha, it will become a law.

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However, the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till February 13th, 2019 with the Bill being tabled as uproar continued over Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav’s episode at Lucknow airport.

Security forces have been deployed in the residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh and also in the residences of MLAs and other ministers. Also, the police personnel were seen in the streets announcing in loudspeakers about the imposition of prohibitory orders and asking them to stay indoors.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.

Meanwhile, the 36-hour shutdown called by the Peoples’ Alliance Manipur (PAM) had affected normal life in Manipur’s Jiribam district from 5 am on February 11th, 2019.