Assam Cong. alleges harassment in NRC process

first_imgA delegation of the Assam Congress here on Sunday submitted a memorandum to State Coordinator of the National Register of Citizens Prateek Hajela regarding the harassment faced by religious and linguistic minorities during the NRC claims and objections process.Authenticity questionedThe NRC authorities in Assam last week started hearing the objections raised regarding some of the citizens. While the people against whom objections have been raised appeared at the respective venues, those who objected failed to turn up, raising questions about the authenticity of the process.“Any person who came to India on or after March 25, 1971, shall be deemed as a foreigner and hence, left out of the NRC. The genuine Indian citizens shall not be harassed by way of entertaining purported/cyclostyled objections and being called for hearing at faraway places or otherwise in total violation of law and rules,” Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia, who led the delegation, said in the memorandum.People were being called to faraway places for hearing of claims and objections, causing mental, physical and financial harassment, he added.The Supreme Court in its April 4, 2019, order had requested the State Coordinator to ensure that at the time of hearing of the claims, steps be taken to prevent any inconvenience to the persons required to attend the hearing and that they were not required to travel long distances, he said.“Unfortunately, people are being called to attend hearings at distant places, causing considerable inconvenience. In some cases, different members of the same family have been summoned to different districts on the same day,” Mr. Saikia said.Remarking that the Congress welcomed genuine objections, Mr. Saikia said it had come to their knowledge that a large number of objections had been filed in a cyclostyled manner in total violation of law. “Such objections have been evidently filed only with a view to harass genuine Indian citizens and derail the process,” he said.Mr. Saikia added that the objectors were neither attending hearings, nor disclosing their identities.Mr. Saikia said that there were reports about certain forces with vested interests filing bulk complaints simply to harass innocent people on the basis of religious and linguistic identity. The ACLP also urged Mr. Hajela to set up hearing venues within the local area.last_img

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