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Union sit-in over riot-hit and NRC

Kokrajhar, Dec. 5: The All BTC Minority Students’ Union held a three-hour sit-in at the Kokrajhar deputy commissioner’s office today demanding proper rehabilitation of riot-hit refugees and updating the national register of citizens. They also asked the administration to seize all illegal arms.

Around 100 activists carried banners and shouted slogans demanding immediate rehabilitation of those affected in the communal riots, which happened in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts. They also submitted a memorandum to chief minister Traun Gogoi through Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Jayant Narlikar.

In the memorandum, the union demanded safety and security for people’s lives and property, resettlement of those affected, updating the NRC and government jobs for the kin of those killed in the riots.

The in-charge president of the union, Sayeed Sahabuddin Ahmed, accused chief minister Tarun Gogoi of playing politics at the cost of people’s lives. He called the chief minister a liar with a confused mind who only talks but never does anything in reality.

“The chief minister of Assam never thinks about the welfare of the minorities. This resulted in the violence and suffering of the commoners. The government of Assam is not taking any initiative to rehabilitate the riot-affected people,” he said.

Asked about the illegal Bangladeshis, Ahmed said it was a burning problem of the entire state.

“There are definitely illegal migrants. We also want detection and deportation of illegal migrants who came to Assam after 1971,” he said.

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