Silchar advocate warns Assamese students


Amid the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, that was passed by the Lok Sabha but is pending Rajya Sabha’s approval, an advocate in Silchar has threatened students, particularly “Asomiya” students studying in Assam University, Silchar, to refrain from protesting against the bill.

After a section of students protested against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, at the main entrance of the university, Silchar-based advocate Pradip Dutta Roy — also the founder president of the Cachar, Karimganj & Hailakandi students’ union — condemned the students for carrying out the demonstration and cautioned them not to take out such measures in future.

“It’s very condemnable that Asomiya students carried out such protests at the Assam University, Silchar. We would like to warn Asomiya students not to resort to such measures and concentrate on their studies. I also urge the vice-chancellor to take action against students who took out the demonstration,” he said, adding that also called for not admitting students from the Brahmaputra Valley in future if protests against the bill continued at the varsity.

Meanwhile, the issue has led to angry reactions with the AASU demanding Pradip Dutta Roy’s arrest and said AASU won’t bow down to such “Dadagiri”.

“It’s very unfortunate that he threatened students for protesting against the citizenship bill. I warn him to refrain from issuing threats to Assamese students. We won’t bow down to such Dadagiri,” AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi told News Live.

“We demand the Assam Government to immediately arrest Pradip Dutta Roy and send him to jail. If the government fails to do so, we would be force to surmise that Roy was speaking at the behest of forces close to the BJP, the Government and everyone supporting the proposed legislation,” he added.

Students of the University had gathered in front of the main gate of the varsity holding placards opposing the citizenship bill. The protesting students were seen holding a huge banner that read ‘We support Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016’.

‘We are proud Indian Bengalis,’ read another banner.