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Women still held at Mancachar

Dhubri, March 24: Kalyani Barman and Jyotsna Barman, the two women who were sent to Mancachar police station in Dhubri district on the border for being pushed back to Bangladesh, are still there following non-submission of documents proving their citizenship to the border police.

The family members of the women, who hail from Puthimari village in Barpeta district, have been camping in Guwahati since yesterday to file a writ petition in Gauhati High Court but they couldn’t do so as today was the fourth Saturday of the month. Tomorrow being a Sunday, now they can only file it on Monday, a source in the Barpeta district unit of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union said.

A team of the students’ union, led by Barpeta district unit secretary Navojyoti Barman, today visited the women’s houses in Puthimari and went through the documents available with their family members.

Barman told this correspondent that all the documents, including land papers of 1965, available with them suggested they were Indian citizens.

“We are investigating what went wrong in the cases of these two women. Gaonburah (village headman) Phulen Talukdar had submitted all the documents required by the border police,” he added.

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