From Our Correspondent
Silchar, April 5: The All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students’ Association will stage a sit-in demonstration in front of Khudiram statue here on Wednesday against the “evil” attempt by a section to harass the Bengali community people living in Assam in the me of NRC update.
ACKHSA adviser Rupam ndi Purkayastha told the reporters here today that they would register a protest against the ‘nefarious’ design to harass non-Assamese people in the State. ACKHSA threw the 1951 NRC proposal proffered by 26 organisations into bin.
Purkayastha made it clear that they would not allow NRC update in Barak Valley if it is done keeping either 1951 or 1961. He said that the NRC should be updated keeping 1971 as base year.
Purkayastha pointed out that attempts are being made to deny the Bengali speaking populace of citizenship which can divide Assam and fears that the developments could lead to blood bath in Barak Valley in support of a separate state. He stressed that the conspiracy to redefine the Assamese identity by making the 1951 tiol Register of Citizens as the base year should be stopped at any cost. He said that ACKSHA favours the process of updating the NRC but the way the state government is playing into the hands of AASU and Assam Sahitya Sabha only spells trouble as a particular section is being targeted.
ndi Purkyastha stressed that ACKSHA wants that the procedure to update the NRC in Assam should be carried out in accordance with modalities that have been decided for entire India. Why should a separate modality be in place for Assam? It cannot be accepted that bodies like AASU and Assam Sahitya Sabha is showing more ‘proactive’ than the state government regarding NRC. The student body made it clear that any attempt to deny citizenship to genuine Bengali speaking Indians will not be tolerated.
He said that ACKSHA is in favour of an Assam which is free from foreigners as it can have adverse impact on the economy of the state and refused to accept the NRC which considers 1951 as the base year for judging the eligibility of a person to be considered as a citizen of India.
Niranjan Dutta, one of the advisers to ACKHSA, alleged that a huge conspiracy is being hatched to sideline the Bengali community in the garb of updating the much debated tiol Register of Citizens and the state government is playing to the tunes of in this regard.