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AAMSU for 2011 cut-off

Guwahati, Oct. 3: The All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) today warn-ed of an agitation if Dispur failed to rehabilitate those riot-affected people in the Bod-oland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) whose names had appeared in the 2011 voter list.

The union’s demand came after several Bodo and non-Bodo organisations, including the AGP, had demanded rehabilitation of only those BTAD and Dhubri district riot victims who had legal land documents.

The group of ministers constituted by chief minister Tarun Gogoi to look into the process of rehabilitation of the displaced people will also hold a meeting with the Bodoland Territorial Council authorities on Saturday to discuss the issue.

AAMSU president Abdur Rahim Ahmed said many minority community citizens fr-om Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Dhubri districts had lost their land documents in the recent riots and as such, the 2011 voter list had to be taken as the basis for rehabilitation.

“If the 2011 voter list is not taken as the basis for rehabilitation, genuine Indian citizens might have to live in relief ca-mps for the rest of their lives. Since neither the government nor any court has declared yet that the 2011 voter list contained names of illegal migr-ants, it can be a perfect basis to rehabilitate the riot victims.”

He said a recent meeting of academicians and scholars of the Muslim community held in Guwahati adopted a formal resolution in this regard and added that if the government did not concede to their demand, the union would be forced to launch an agitation in a phased manner.

“We have already organised a public meeting on the issue at Kharupetia in Darrang district to mobilise public opinion. Similar meetings will be held elsewhere in the days to come,” he said.

Sources said in Saturday’s meeting, the group of ministers and the BTC authorities would be discussing the fate of those relief camp inmates who did not have valid land documents and added that their rehabilitation would take some time.

“AAMSU strongly favours detection and deportation of illegal migrants who came to Assam after 1971. But we cannot allow stalling of the rehabilitation process of displaced Muslims simply by branding them illegal migrants,” Ahmed said.

The union also demanded setting up of three-tier screening committees at the district, block and revenue village levels for effective and “unbiased” detection of illegal migrants living in the state. The committee should comprise prominent persons from various political and non-political organisations, including AASU, AJYCP and AAMSU.

Ahmed said the National Register of Citizens, 1951 must not be upgraded, as names of many genuine citizens had not been included in the said document. He said instead of upgrading, a fresh NRC should be prepared, taking the 1971 voter list as the basis.