Don't penalise on draft list: SC

Lamar Ellis
August 2, 2018

Tens of thousands of Assam's Muslims fear that their names would be excluded from the NRC directory reducing them to stateless persons or illegal aliens who would be disenfranchised and thrown into prison. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had herself said that Bangladeshi infiltrators have no place in India.

They could not apply for their names to be included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as they could not trace their family's legacy data or any similar document despite checking with their relatives across Assam, the sources said.

The majority of those left out are Bengali speaking Muslims who have migrated to Assam at some juncture. As panic and chaos reigned in the north-eastern state, officials quickly clarified that forms for claims, objections and requests for correction would be available from August 7 at Seva Kendra and could be submitted from August 30 to September 28. The people who have been seen a ineligible for the citizenship will not be offered any right within the nation. Congress and SP supported Trinamool on the issue. The hearings for the case is still on, and in 2013, the court told Sharma that a decision will be taken on revising the voter list once the NRC is published. Clearly, after spending close to Rs 1,200 crore, the execution of this critical and highly sensitive exercise has been tardy.

Mamata Banerjee, the firebrand chief minister of India's eastern state of West Bengal, accused the BJP of trying to make millions of people stateless for political reasons. Communalism and sectarian politics have a major role to play in the latest jolt to the country. "They are turning Indian people into refugees in their own country", Ms Banerjee said at a press conference.

Asserting that the present situation can not go on, Banerjee said she would continue voicing her opposition against the ruling party. "Terrible things happened to our family once, we don't want a repeat". There are many children and women among them.

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At present, correspondents say, that seems little more than a threat aimed at whipping up Hindu support for the BJP ahead of elections. However illegal migrants are illegal migrants everywhere irrespective of their religious affiliations.

Many Bengalis - a linguistic minority in Assam - are anxious they will be deported en masse.

Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner. Isn't it the violation of human rights for the people of country that the Bangladeshis are using the resources of the country?

The report further stated that as many as four million people were left out of the second and final draft published on Monday out of 32.9 million, who had applied for inclusion in the NRC.

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