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TNT News | May 21, 2018

As Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 continues to face protests from a major chunk of population in Northeast India, various organizations under the aegis of NESO held a protest rally today to condemn the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

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In view of this, the Twipra Student’s Federation (TSF) also held a protest rally today. It may be mentioned that Tripura Government had on Saturday rejected the application submitted by the Twipra Students Federation (TSF) on May 16, seeking permission to hold a peaceful protest rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 citing law and order pre-occupation and despite this, the TSF asserted that they would still be holding the peaceful rally.

Speaking to TNT- The Northeast Today over the phone, TSF General Secretary Sunil Debbarma said, “We did conduct the protest rally but we had to change the venue to Don Bosco School gate as initially we were denied permission. The rally was a peaceful one conducted in tandem with the police personnel keeping in mind the safety and security issues”.

It may be mentioned that the TSF had been denied permission to hold rally on account of safety measures pertaining to the visit of the Vice President of India. However, the permission for the same was granted yesterday after the venue of the rally was changed.

The rally saw the participation of almost 300 people including the speakers of the organization, vice chairman of NESO as well as TSF and other members.

“We are planning to organize a similar rally in the near future while inviting participation from other indigeneous organizations of the state as well. We will also be organizing a joint meeting on this issue, probably within this week with the indegenous based organizations in Tripura as well as NGOs who are against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2018 and will carve out a future course of action”.

It may be mentioned that the rally was part of the numerous rallies held by the members of the NESO today in different parts of Northeast India to voice their resentment against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016.

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