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Curfew imposed, internet service suspended as stir against Citizenship Bill intensifies in Manipur

Imphal, Feb 12 (UNI) Internet services were suspended and prohibitory orders were issued in Imphal since last midnight, ordering all to remain indoors as protestors against the stir opposing Citizenship Bill decided to fight till the end.
Most students were preparing to hand out their Hindi text books to the Governor and the Chief Minister as a mark of protest and the MANPAC the apex body of those against Citizenship Bill decided to observed today, February 12, 2019 as the 'North East Peoples Doomsday in India'.
There was confusion as SIM based internet services were suspended. Sounds of protests, raising of slogans against BJP and burning of effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were seen in many areas.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with Chief Ministers and Union Ministers of other north eastern states made last minute effort in New Delhi to urge the Union Minister Rajnath Singh not to introduce the Bill in the Rajya Sabha as the entire north east was burning, however, the Narendra Modi government has decided to present the Bill today in Rajya Sabha.
Since the announcement of introducing the Bill by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the region has been passing through a tense phase. Manipur has been witnessing blocking of roads using stones, wood and burning objects since yesterday as the MANPAC imposed a 36 hour shut down from 5 am of Feb 11 till 5 pm of Feb 12. Hundreds of women were sleeping on the roads specially in the market areas . A police crack down led to injury of six women. Inspite of the police firing and snatching of all clothes used to sleep on the roads hundreds of women came out and slept on the roads defying the government order.
Most of the political leaders have rushed to New Delhi to meet their central leaders. The government has called out all available forces and a high alert has been sounded. Security personnel guarded residences of legislators and offices of BJP . Fearing a mass uprising barricades were put up at various locations to stop movement of people.
The Congress party has decided to stage a protest in New Delhi today. Congress leader, O Joy said the introduction of CAB will lead to wiping out of the Mongoloid race in the north east.
MANPAC leaders said the indigenous population of Tripura was wiped out and in Manipur the population of illegal immigrants has reached 30 percent in the last census and it is increasing. The region is facing heavy influx from Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Ningombam Bhupenda Meitei, Congress Spokesperson has asked BJP & NDA parties' MPs and MLAs from North East to resign before Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 gets introduced in Rajya Sabha by Modi government.
He also urged all those IAS and IPS officers, in All India Services, who are from the community of the indigenous people of North East India, to resign and voluntarily leave their services.
He further said the only way to defeat Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 and the ideology behind the bill is by removing Prime Minister Modi and defeating his political party, BJP - that has made to destroy the entire indigenous people of North East India in our own land .
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