The Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam has called for a 24-hour bandh in the state. It is a protest against the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment Bill, 2019. The state was already protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Now another issue of granting ST status to six communities in Assam has created a situation of tension. Thus, the decision has caused unrest among the other communities in the state.
Due to this the tribal organisation has called for a state-wide shutdown from 5 AM of January 11, 2019, for 24 hours. They have claimed that such law will banish the real tribal people of the Northeastern state.
The six ethnic groups are – Ahoms, Marans, Muttocks, Chutiyas, Koch-Rajbongshis and Tea Communities.
Assam had already witnessed a massive shutdown by various organisations due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. People held protests in many parts of the state. Moreover, the protesters burnt effigies of Prime minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as a sign of resistance.
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