By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 2: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind under the leadership of its tiol president Qari Syed Mohammed Usman Mansoorpuri, general secretary Maula Syed Mahmood Asad Madani and Maula Badruddin Ajmal (MP), president, Assam State Jamiat Ulema, has taken a stand to defend the Assam Accord in the Supreme Court. It has engaged a team of renowned senior lawyers for the purpose.
Following an instruction of the Supreme Court, the Jamiat has filed written submissions and produced all relevant documents before the apex court on May 1, 2017.
Addressing a press conference at the Jamait head office at ITO, leaders of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and Assam State Jamait said: “It is to be noted here that an agitation was started in 1978-79 mainly led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Assam Ga Sangaram Parishad (AAGSP), initially against the outsiders (Hindi-speaking people), then it became anti-foreigners and termed into anti-Bangladeshi and then anti-Muslims, being guided by commul forces. Thousands of people were killed, houses were burnt, genocide at Nellie and Chaulkhua took place, lakhs of people were displaced and made homeless. Ultimately, a consensus agreement was executed on August 15, 1985 between the agitating organizations, the Central Government under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the Government of Assam, which is known as Assam Accord. It was agreed that those who came and settled in Assam till March 25, 1971, they will be treated as Indian citizens. Accordingly Citizenship Act, 1955 was amended by the Parliament and Section 6-A was inserted in to the Act.
“But some vested interested groups had filed cases in the Supreme Court being WP(C) No. 274/2009 and WP(C) No. 562/2012 claiming that instead of that cut-off date i.e. 25/3/1971, the base year should be 1951, to decide the citizenship of people in Assam, and it also challenged the validity of Assam Accord claiming it as unconstitutiol and claimed that the tiol Register of Citizens (NRC) to be updated with 1951 as the base year.”
The Jamiat leaders further said that as the issue was related to lakhs of people, rather 1/3rd population of Assam, the Assam unit of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind headed by Maula Badruddin Ajmal under the guidance of the tiol president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Maula Syed Mohammed Usman Mansoorpuri and general secretary Maula Syed Mahmood Asad Madani filed the petition against these cases filed by, what they said, vested interest organizations in Supreme Court to defend the Assam Accord and Section 6-A of the Citizenship Act-1955.
In the meantime, All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) and Citizens Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC) also filed the petition in the Supreme Court to defend Assam Accord-1985.