Protesters In Cachar Threaten To Chop Off Their Heads If Citizenship Bill Not Revoked

Cachar indigenous body threatens to chop their heads off in protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Silchar, February 10, 2019

Amidst the ongoing protests that have rocked the entire Northeast region particularly Assam, the members of the Cachar Indigenous People’s Protection Committee on February 10, 2019, said that if “need arises”, they will be “bound to chop off their heads” if the Narendra Modi-led government doesn’t scarp the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The members tonsured their heads on February 10th, 2019 to register their protest against the Bill. “Today we have tonsured our heads, tomorrow, if the need arises, we will be bound to chop off our heads,” said a member of the Committee.  Over 20 men tonsured their heads, raised slogans against the government and burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Modi on February 10th, 2019.

Rumours about Bill

Modi on February 9th, 2019 said that rumours are being spread about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.  “People who sit in AC rooms are spreading false rumours regarding the Citizenship Bill. The NDA government is ready to fully protect the culture, resources and Northeast states’ language,” he said while addressing the gathering in Changsari, Kamrup on February 9th, 2019.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.

Inputs: Yasin Mazumdar