Assamese students warned at Silchar for opposing Citizenship Bill

Silchar, January 11: Senior Advocate of the Gauhati High Court and founder president of All Cachar-Karimganj-Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), Pradip Dutta Roy has threatened the Assamese students studying at the Assam University, Silchar for protesting against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

He said, “The Assam University was build amid the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)-All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) clash, so no form of protest by the Assamese students will be tolerated or accepted by us. The Assamese students are studying at the University because we are liberal but that doesn’t mean they will be allowed to work against the Barak Valley.”

“Those students who are protesting against the Bill are an enemy to Barak Valley and they have come to study here so they should focus on studying rather than wasting their time in protesting. Or else, we will be bound to take measures to bar Assamese students to study in the University”, he added.

It may be mentioned that a group of Assamese students had taken out a candlelight vigil to protest against the Bill on Wednesday.

The Citizenship Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.

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.