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Barak MLA alleges minority harassment

Assam's North Karimganj MLA Kamalakshya Dey Purkayastha has expressed concern over the alleged harassment of linguistic minorities, particularly Bengalis, in the Northeast.

OUR CORRESPONDENT   |   Hailakandi   |   Published 21.08.18, 12:00 AM

Hailakandi: Assam's North Karimganj MLA Kamalakshya Dey Purkayastha has expressed concern over the alleged harassment of linguistic minorities, particularly Bengalis, in the Northeast.

In a statement in Karimganj, Purkayastha alleged that after the passing of Manipur People's Protection Bill, 2018, a tense situation was prevailing in Manipur and Bengalis and other non-Manipuri people are passing the days in panic.

The Manipur Assembly had passed the Manipur People's Protection Bill, 2018, a few days ago.

The bill set 1951 as the base year to identify local people and outsiders.

According to the act, outsiders who came to the state after 1951 will be viewed as foreigners and voting rights will be cancelled.

The people of Jiribam district have already questioned the act and said the Manipur government cannot set the target as 1951, as Manipur attained statehood in 1972.

The All Jiribam United Minority People's Joint Action Committee (JAC), demanded to take 1972 as the cut-off year as according to them, no documents were issued to the migrants in Jiribam by the state government during the period from 1951.

Purkayastha alleged that this is deep-rooted conspiracy plotted by the BJP government with a view to push back all non-Manipuris, particularly Bengalis.

He alleged that a similar case has happened in Barak Valley where the Bengalis are being harassed in the name of checking documents. He feared that the situation may turn serious within a short time.

He said he would soon meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss the recent developments in the northeastern states regarding the harassment of Bengalis.

He expressed anguish over the role of the state and central governments and said the Centre was not taking any initiative to safeguard the Bengalis of the Northeast.

The MLA also expressed serious concern over the non-inclusion of any Bengali organisation regarding the preparation of the standard operating procedure on NRC.

The central committee of the Citizens' Rights Protection Co-ordination Committee has demanded provisions for people to prove their citizenship in case a complaint was filed against them.

In a meeting of the committee on Sunday held under its president, former vice-chancellor Tapadhir Bhattacharjee, some resolutions were taken.

They strongly demanded that if any person raised the question of doubtful citizenship against a person whose name was included in the final draft of the NRC, then the allegation should be proved by the complainant.



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