NRC | 4 Million Names Dropped In Assam

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LOOKEAST REPORT |

Nearly 4 million or 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out of a draft list of citizens released today.

They face deportation if they cannot prove their citizenship after submission of claims.

Security forces deployed across Assam ahead of the publication of NRC draft, ©PTI

The state’s National Register of Citizens or NRC has been updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Releasing the updated list, officials underscored that no one would be deported or arrested as this is only a draft. The recount is seen by critics as a move to target Assam’s Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants. But thousands of Bengali Hindus are also not in the NRC draft list.

2.89 crore names have been enlisted in the NRC while 3.29 crores applied.

220 companies of security forces have been deployed in Assam to prevent any unrest over the new list.

Based on this draft no reference case will be sent to the foreigner tribunal or put in a detention centre,” said Satyendra Garg, home ministry officer-in-charge of the northeast. In a statement, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked people to refrain from making “inflammatory” remarks. ■

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