Imphal, February 12, 2019
Internet services have been banned in Manipur on February 12th, 2019 and section 144 imposed in view of the protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Violence has erupted in Manipur as fresh protests broke out against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. The Bill will be moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Upper House. 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.
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.
People carrying black flags marched in the streets of Manipur to mark protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on February 12th, 2019.
Hundreds of women from four different markets of Manipur who have been protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) bill refused to return to their respective homes as they sat for an indefinite on-road protest on February 9th, 2019.
The women vendors at the Ima Keithel or Mother’s Market in Imphal said that they will not return to their homes and sit on the road until the Bill is scrapped in the upper house i.e. the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha after voting but was stalled at the Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019 following strong opposition from the Congress, Trinamool Congress along with other parties.
On February 10th, 2019 night, the Manipur government imposed prohibitory orders in Imphal East and Imphal West districts till late night on February 12th, 2019. The government cited agitations by various groups against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as the reason behind the imposition of prohibitory orders.