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  • Rag Tag Assam Border Police For Post NRC ! Additional Draft NRC to be Published on June 26

    Published on June 25, 2019

     

    By Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati : A rag tag Assam border police, with vintage logistics and a small manpower, gingerly getting ready to handle the post NRC avalanche of Bangladeshi, not knowing how they will cope up nor the big bosses of the Assam Police could draw up any concrete plan. The Border police which supposed to have 500 task forces consist of one ASI and one havildar have not been able to keep track of 70000 of 91000 Bangladeshi declared foreigners by various Tribunals of Assam. In the last one year, they have been able to catch just 251 of these declared foreigners and sent to judicial custody while 69,750 are still roaming free in Assam. Overburdened, stretched the Assam Border police will now handle 30 off lakh names to be declared foreigners raising the serious question, how this force which has not been able to find out 69000 already declared Bangladeshis will now handle now new list of another 30 lakhs. The DGP Kula Saikia, who is retiring on August 31, is aware of the situation but he too has no answer. Similarly, ADGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta is also seized of the matter. Assam Police is recruiting 2000 constables this year but Border Police are unsure how much is for them. Although the Border police have started working eFT project which will give the IT support to the Foreigners Tribunals expected to handle 30 odd lakh cases from August onwards.

    The total strength of the Assam police is roughly 50,000 and of which 1000 have been officially given to the Task Force of the Border Police of Assam, which has been created a second line of defense against Bangladeshi. With the final NRC just a month way, the Assam Government seems to be not bothered about the situation and is going through the flow as for all the stake holders the publication of the NRC is the ideal point of publicity. Meanwhile, The additional draft of the National Register of Citizens of Assam will finally be published tomorrow, i.e., 26 June. It may be mentioned that the authorities engaged in updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have finished hearing of claims and objections over the draft NRC and are set to publish an additional list on June 26. The additional list will have names of people who were included in the final draft published on July 30, 2018, but were later found to be ineligible.

    The NRC is meant to identify the original residents of the north-eastern state and check illegal migration. During the verification process, authorities found many people to be ineligible to be included in it, for being doubtful voters or declared foreigners, unable to prove family-tree claims or having cases pending at the foreigners’ tribunal. It may be mentioned that 40 lakh people had been excluded in the NRC. Out of those, 36 lakh people had applied for claims and objections. During the process, many ‘doubtful’ persons’ names had also been included in the NRC, which also included D-Voters. Objections were filed against 2.5 lakh people whose names were included in the NRC draft, but many of the objectors did not even attend the hearings and it was alleged that these objections were made to harass genuine citizens. D-Voters and people who are currently attending hearings will be excluded from the NRC, and those people whose names are included in this list, will be informed via post. Any mistakes made in the draft can be corrected at the NRC Seva Kendra by June 11. The additional draft will be published on June 26, and the final draft NRC will be published on July 31.

     

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