TSF torch rally
A view of the torch rally at Khumlung. Image credit - Northeast Now

In protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), the Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF) on Saturday night took out a torch rally at Khumulwng.

Khumulwng is the headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) and 25 km away from Agartala.

Thousands of students took to the street under the banner of TSF and raised their voice against the CAB.

TSF leader Sunil Debbarma was present in the meeting on CAB with union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi.

Sunil Debbarma said during the meeting, Amit Shah had tried to convince them about the CAB.

But they expressed their views why do they oppose the CAB.

According to Sunil Debbarma, the meeting was fruitful.

Sunil Debbarma said they vehemently oppose the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill and the rally has been organized to mark their protest against the bill.

TSF vice-convenor Upendra Debbarma said, “The northeastern region, basically Tripura, is not a dumping ground for illegal migrants.”

He said, “Through this torch rally we want to send a message to the Indian government that they should not try to pass the draconian bill which will create trouble for the indigenous people of this land.”

Debbarma also said, “The Northeast is united and stands against the CAB.”

He said, “Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides. If the CAB passed then the illegal migrants will get an easy access to enter here and get nationality.”

“There is threat for the indigenous people,” Debbarama said.

“If the bill is passed, the indigenous people will become more minority here,” he added.

The TSF leader warned that if the government passes the bill in the winter session, Tripura and the Northeast would burn.

However, after meetings with representatives from different political parties and organisations, union home minister Amit Shah conveyed the message that a new bill will be introduced in the Parliament but the 6th schedule areas in Northeast and states having ILP will be kept out of its ambit.

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