Thousands of people, both men and women representing different Naga tribes in their traditional attires took to streets in the state capital today protesting the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016.
The protest march held under the aegis of Joint Committee on Protection of Indigenous People (JCPI) Nagaland and North East Forum of Indigenous People (NEFIP) rallied about 2 Kilometers up to Chief Minister’s Residential office and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. The memorandum was signed by NEFIP vice president Theja Therieh and joint secretary Tia Longchar.
They also requested the Chief Minister and the state government to take up with the Central leadership to respect the sentiment of the people in the region in general and the state of Nagaland in particular and to withdraw the contentious bill in the interest of peace and harmony.
Earlier, addressing the gathering outside TT Stadium kohima, Theja Therieh said once CAB is passed in the parliament and becomes a law, illegal immigrants will get full right to settle in Nagaland and will take over the indigenous inhabitants. Representative from various tribes including Ao, Chakhesang and six Eastern Nagaland tribes, Gaon Burah Federation also conveyed solidarity towards the issue saying that they will continue to fight tooth and nail till it is withdrawn, or Nagaland exempted from the purview of CAB.