The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 28 other organisations, representing various ethnic and tribal communities took out a protest rally today against the Citizenship (Ammendment) Bill, 2016 in Guwahati.

Thousands of people, leaders and workers participated in the rally. The protest rally started from Latasil playground to Assam Engineering Institute field at Chandmari in the state capital.

Besides students organisations, several ethnic and tribal groups, prominent artists, singers had also took part in the rally.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is proposed act to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India till December 31, 2014.

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AASU Advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said, “Assam is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis.
Assam Accord was signed after six years of long Assam agitation (Assam movement).”

Top leaders of the students group claimed that the Centre and Assam government will face massive protests in coming days if the bill is not withdrawn.

“According to the Assam Accord, those who entered before 1971, irrespective of religion, can stay in Assam with full citizenship rights. But those who entered post 1971, should be deported. There will not be any compromise since Assam bore the brunt till 1971. Assam is a small state and we cann’t load beyond 1971,” Bhattacharya said.

Members of All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU) also staged a protest against the bill by tonsuring their heads near Duliajan Pepoltol Tiniali in Dibrugarh.

(With inputs from Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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