Ahead of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill being passed, Section 144 imposed in Manipur; Internet Jammed
GUWAHATI: The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is set to be tabled by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Rajya Sabha on February 12.
Section 144 has been imposed in Manipur's Imphal West District and also internet has been shut down due to 'situation arising out of intense agitation launched by various Civil Society Organisations against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha', said an official release.
The Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, led to widespread protests across the north-eastern states.
It may be mentioned that prohibition order had been imposed under 144 CrPC in both Imphal East and West.
Strike supporters came out in the streets and blocked the roads in different parts of the state, but individuals who were travelling for religious ceremonies such as marriage ceremony and others were allowed to pass the streets.
Ahead of it, women folks of different localities in of valley districts also staged sit-in protest at their respective localities as a part of protest against the bill by blocking one side of the median.
Private establishment, markets, petrol pumps and almost all the shops remained shut-down, though government offices and schools have not been declared a holiday, only a few turned up to their respective offices and not a single student turned up to their schools. However, hospitals and drug stores remained open.
Meanwhile, Chief Ministers of two northeast states - Arunachal Pradesh's Pema Khandu and Manipur's N Biren Singh - voiced their opposition to the bill and urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure it was not passed in Rajya Sabha.