Mass anti-Bill prayers in Mi­zo­ram churches

Anti-bill protesters as­sault woman doc­tor in As­sam

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ra­jib Dutta

Aizawl: Spe­cial mass prayers were held in churches across Mi­zo­ram for the de­feat of the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill in the Ra­jya Sabha, Pres­by­te­rian church’s Mi­zo­ram Synod sources said on Sun­day.

Mem­bers of 16 major churches of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions held prayers on Satur­day night. The ap­peal made by the Mi­zo­ram Ko­hhran Hru­aitute Com­mit­tee (MKHC), a con­glom­er­a­tion of lead­ers of major churches, had asked the lo­cal churches of all the de­nom­i­na­tions to pray so that the bill gets stalled in the Ra­jya Sabha.

The MKHC had ear­lier ap­pealed to mem­bers to hold mass prayer on the night of Fe­bru­ary 16, but is­sued an­other cir­cu­lar on Fri­day last to con­duct the mass prayer on Fe­bru­ary 9 or Fe­bru­ary 10.

A press state­ment is­sued by the MKHC said that the bill is “harm­ful” for Mi­zo­ram and Chris­tians.

The bill, be­ing ve­he­mently op­posed in the North­east, was Amem­ber

of the Tai Ahom Yuva Par­ishad Asom (TAYPA) was ar­rested on Sun­day for as­sault­ing a doc­tor in Tin­sukia dis­trict of up­per As­sam dur­ing an anti-cit­i­zen­ship bill bandh on Satur­day. Divya Singh Borthakur is an oph­thal­mol­o­gist at Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in North East­ern Coal­fields. She was at­tacked around 1.10pm on Satur­day while she was driv­ing home. PM Naren­dra Modi was in As­sam on Satur­day, and TAYPA had called a12-hour bandh. Bandh sup­port­ers pelted stones at her car and as­saulted the doc- tor, leav­ing her with a blood­ied face and in­juries. passed in Lok Sabha on Jan­uary 8 and the Cen­tre has said it will try to get the Ra­jya Sabha nod in this bud­get ses­sion.

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