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Assam employees join anti-Citizenship Bill stir

Members of the Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad, the largest union of State government employees in Assam, joined the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on Wednesday.

The day also saw the families of 855 martyrs of the anti-foreigners’ Assam (1979-1985) return the mementos received from the government last year as recognition for their sacrifice. The memento was part of the award package that included Rs 5 lakh each.

“Our job is not greater than homeland,” said Naren Kalita, the president of the employees’ union. He said members of the union would continue to defy the government if the bill was not scrapped.

The anti-bill protests took an ugly turn when a mob assaulted Lakheswar Moran, president of the Tinsukia district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party at a meeting organised by the Lok Jagran Manch.

The Manch, affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has been organising a series a meeting in Assam to “dispel myths” about the bill that has kept Assam and adjoining states in the Northeast on the edge for almost a month now.


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