CAB Protest: Shillong Turns Violent Again, Vehicles Torched


Shillong: Many tourists liked to visit North East during the winter session but their anxiety is increasing specially in Meghalaya. Because of the citizenship amendment bill (2016).

Meghalaya started to boil again. Similarly, other states in the North East, especially Assam and Tripura, boiled over CAB. Protests started on the streets of Shillong by set fire on tires. Upper shillong region was separated.

Tribal organizations blocked Assam-Meghalaya road. The communication between North East India and other states began to be disconnected because of protests in different places in Upper Shilong.

The protest is believed to be strengthening since Friday morning. The Meghalaya government seems to be taking no action against the protesters. Because the government itself is the participant of this protest. Especially Bengali tourists were in danger due to protest.

According to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, non-Muslims from neighboring countries will get citizenship if they want. There’s fear among a sizeable section in northeast that, if the Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is passed, it would reduce the indigenous population in the region to minority.

The Meghalaya government alleged that many people of non-Muslims will have to come to Meghalaya if this bill was implemented. It can not be accepted in any way. The political situation in Meghalaya is wavering because the BJP is not capable of forming the government. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma gave a strict warning. that NPP and BJP alliance government is in the state.

Student organizations and indigenous groups across northeast have called for an 11-hour ‘bandh’ in seven states of the region on January 8 in protest against the Centre’s move to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in parliament.

Several protesters were injured in clashes with the police in Tripura during an agitation against the Citizenship Bill. Some protesters sustained bullet injuries after the police opened fire at protesters as they blocked the NH-8 which connects Tripura with Assam. Section 144 has already been imposed in Assam.