Groups move apex court on NRC

Two youth organisations of Assam - the Democratic Students' Youth Forum (DSYF) and Muktidut - have sought the Supreme Court's intervention against a state cabinet sub-committee decision to include names of descendants of Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, marked as "D" (doubtful) voters and declared foreigners, in the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

By A STAFF REPORTER
  • Published 3.01.17
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Members of the Left-Democratic Manch, Assam, stage a sit-in at Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra in Guwahati on Monday. Telegraph picture

Guwahati, Jan. 2: Two youth organisations of Assam - the Democratic Students' Youth Forum (DSYF) and Muktidut - have sought the Supreme Court's intervention against a state cabinet sub-committee decision to include names of descendants of Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, marked as "D" (doubtful) voters and declared foreigners, in the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The convener of Muktidut, Samarjyoti Bezbaruah, addressing a news conference here today, said they had written to the Chief Justice of India yesterday seeking his intervention for setting aside the contentious decision of the cabinet sub-committee, which would pave the way for inclusion of names of Bangladeshi migrants in the updated NRC.

The cabinet sub-committee had taken the decision at a meeting here on October 12.

The ongoing updating of the NRC in the state is being carried out under direct supervision of the Supreme Court. The main purpose of the updated NRC is to detect migrants who had illegally sneaked into Assam after March 24, 1971.

"We have moved the Supreme Court because the apex court had taken an impartial view on the NRC update. The BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the state, who are entrusted with the task of updating the NRC, are biased towards giving citizenship to Hindu illegal migrants from Bangladesh, which will violate the Assam Accord," Bezbaruah said.

The Assam Accord had pegged March 24, 1971 as the cut-off for detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam.

He accused chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal of supporting the move by "remaining silent" on this crucial issue.

"The Centre as well as the state government have taken this decision under the influence of the RSS since granting citizenship to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh is one of its main agenda," he said.

Bezbaruah was also critical of the role of AGP president and agriculture minister Atul Bora on this issue.

"Bora, despite being a part of the state government, has totally failed to put any pressure on it to revoke the controversial decision of the cabinet sub-committee. Bora should understand that the AGP was not formed to make him a minister but to implement the Assam Accord," he said.

"We want to remind Bora that he is the president of the party that was formed out of a movement against illegal Bangladeshi immigrants during which 855 people became martyrs," said DSYF secretary Subrat Talukdar.

Both organisations demanded that illegal migrants who entered the state after March 24, 1971, must be detected and deported, irrespective of their religion on the basis of the Assam Accord.

In a related development, members of the Left-Democratic Manch, Assam, today staged a sit-in protest at Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra near Dighalipukhuri from noon till 2pm demanding that March 24, 1971 should be the cut-off date for inclusion of names in the updated NRC. It also seeks to stop eviction drives unless rehabilitation plans for the affected families are made and wants no evictions on religious grounds. The manch is a platform of CPM, CPI, CPI (M-L), Asom Songrami Mancha, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Aam Aadmi Party, Forward Bloc, Liberal Democratic Party and RCPI.