Students to boycott classes in Northeast today
Students in the Northeast have called a boycott of classes in universities and colleges of the region in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act on Wednesday, the day the Supreme Court will hear as many as 75 pleas challenging the CAA.
Student unions of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, North Eastern Hill University, Tezpur University, Assam Agriculture University, Nagaland University, Rajiv Gandhi University and the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology have called the boycott.
However, those appearing for exams in universities or colleges have been exempted.
Students in Assam have been at the forefront of the anti-CAA movement in the state since December.
“We have called for total boycott of classes in protest against the CAA,” general secretary of the Gauhati University Post-Graduate Students’ Union, Moon Talukdar, said.
“For now, we, along with students of Tezpur University, Gauhati University and others, are boycotting classes,” president in-charge of the Dibrugarh University Students’ Union, Pallav Hazarika, said.
Students hope the apex court will evaluate the threat the Act poses to the northeastern states, a statement said.
The Cotton University Students’ Union will stage a hunger strike on Wednesday on the university’s premises. Its general secretary, Rahul Bordoloi, said the students will observe a seven-hour fast from 10am.
Student unions of various colleges affiliated to Gauhati University stated that they would not attend classes on Wednesday.
“We will boycott classes,” the general secretary of Pandu College Students’ Union, Bhudev Talukdar, said.