36-hr bandh in Manipur against citizenship bill
Imphal: Peoples’ Alliance Manipur (PAM), an umbrella body of various civil society organizations, has called a 36-hour shutdown across Imphal, starting from 5am on Monday, in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The decision was taken at a convention organized by PAM in Imphal on Saturday.
The umbrella body also decided that their members would begin a hunger strike at 50 places across the state on Tuesday. It was also decided that if the citizenship bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, a massive public convention would be convened on February 20 to ascertain the next course of action.
Meanwhile, 72 civil and student bodies across Manipur, under the aegis of Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (MANPAC), on Sunday announced that they would hold fresh protests against the bill from Monday. Black flag protests will be held on Monday and all vehicles will be stopped from Tuesday, MANPAC convenor Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said at a media conference here.
Special mass prayers were held in churches across Mizoram on Saturday night for the defeat of the citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha, Presbyterian church’s Mizoram Synod sources said.