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No ILP, no Clause 6: Assam students' body

The AJYCP, along with others, has been demanding the ILP to protect the indigenous people of the state

By Rajiv Konwar in Guwahati
  • Published 19.02.20, 12:29 AM
  • Updated 19.02.20, 12:29 AM
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Activists of the AJYCP’s Lakhimpur unit form a human chain on Tuesday Picture by UB Photos

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Tuesday said it would not accept the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord without introduction of inner-line permit (ILP) in the state.

“Without introduction of ILP, implementation of Clause 6 will not be complete,” AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai said.

Clause 6 envisages constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to safeguard the cultural, social and linguistic identity of the Assamese people. The Centre had constituted a 14-member high-power committee last year to recommend how to implement Clause 6.

The AJYCP, along with others, has been demanding the ILP to protect the indigenous people of the state. Sources said if the ILP is introduced, Assam would be out of the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The AJYCP had suggested that the committee recommend ILP. “We have come to know that the committee has recommended ILP for Assam but the Centre is yet to accept it. They want to politicise the matter,” Changmai alleged.

A member of the committee, which had finalised its report on February 10, said the Centre had said it would accept the report after Tuesday.

Changmai said he was not optimistic about the Centre implementing ILP in Assam. “In the past, we have seen how the Centre had only eyed the resources of Assam instead of genuinely trying to protect the rights of its indigenous people. I think this government is no different,” he alleged.

The AJYCP has been spearheading the anti-CAA movement in Assam along with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other organisations. On Tuesday, it formed human chains in all the district and sub-divisional headquarters seeking withdrawal of the CAA and implementation of ILP to regulate the entry of outsiders.

AJYCP president Rana Pratap Baruah told The Telegraph that barring Guwahati, human chains were formed the districts for two hours from 11am. “At some places it was left to the local organisations to decide the timing. It was not held in Guwahati because we are planning a big protest in the city,” he said.

In Jorhat, the AJYCP, along with AASU and the business community, formed a human chain, raised slogans and blocked AT Road in front of the deputy commissioner’s office. In Hailakandi, Changmei urged the people of Barak Valley to participate wholeheartedly in the movement.

In Lakhimpur, AJYCP and locals formed a human chain in front of the DC’s office. AJYCP vice-president Hemchandra Goswami said, “The Assamese people will not accept the CAA. We will continue to protest till it is scrapped.” AJYCP assistant general secretary Saurav Das said, “We have been demanding ILP to save Assamese society but the government has been ignoring our demand.”

The KMSS took out a rally in North Lakhimpur town against micro-finance companies. It also demanded the release of its leader Akhil Gogoi.

Additional reporting by Devajit Boruah in Jorhat, Satananda Bhattacharjee in Hailakandi and Jitumoni Neog in Lakhimpur