Assam: 11 Families of Martyrs Return Momentos to Govt Protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
Last week, the families of 76 martyrs returned the awards at an event in Guwahati.
In protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the family members of 11 Jorhat-based martyrs of the Assam agitation on Tuesday, February 5 returned the momentos awarded to them by the state government. They handed over the awards to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jorhat district.
“Each of us have cried and have been deeply hurt by the stand which the government has taken regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as there was no point in our kin laying down their lives for the security and protection of the State against it being overrun by illegal migrants,” Sadou Asom Jatiya Swahid Pariyal Somonnorokhyi Parishad (All Assam Martyrs’ Families Coordination Council) president Rajen Deka told Northeast Now. On Wednesday, January 30 the families of 76 martyrs returned the awards at an event in Guwahati.
The move comes in the wake of the council asking the families of all the martyrs to return the awards underlining that the state government had made a mockery of the Assam Accord.
In the Assam Accord — a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between the Government of India and the Assam Movement representatives in New Delhi on 15 August 1985 — March 24, 1971, was accepted as the cut off deadline for detection and deportation of illegal migrants from Assam irrespective of religion, caste or creed. The accord brought an end to the Assam movement which began in 1979.