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Citizens group, student bodies urge PM to introduce Bill

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Minority refugees


SILCHAR, May 3: There is lot of discrepancies creeping up the issue of the tiol Register of Citizenship (NRC). Persons who have failed to provide specified documents to prove their citizenship have been put into detention camps in the state. Owing to the untold miseries and sufferings being faced by them All Cachar-Karimganj-Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA) and garikatwa Suraksha Sangram Committee have voiced their expressions of these victims. Both the socio-cultural and student bodies in their press-note condemned the initiative being taken for the construction of the largest detention camp of the country in Assam.

Rupam ndi Purkayastha, ACKHSA’s advisor, stated in the press-note that on the eve of parliamentary elections of 2014 the Prime Minister assured the citizens that if his party comes to power, within six months there will be no detention camps in the state and citizenship will be given to all Hindu Bengalis who have been forced to leave their tive land due to persecution or religious persecution and took shelter in this country. But, even after two years of coming to power, nothing substantial has been done in this intricate matter. On the contrary, government has been providing fund for sustaining the camps.

Quite ironically, the state, where the announcement of abolishing the camp was made, is going to build the largest detention camp of the country at Dhakurvita situated at Goalpara. Both ACKSHA and garikatwa Suraksha Sangram Committee have condemned the political parties for playing such dirty politics regarding intricate issue of NRC. While, Congress had allotted 200 bighas of land when in power for the construction of the detention camp, BJP is releasing central fund for it. The socio-cultural and student bodies alleged that both the central and the state government are playing with the sentiments and lives of the citizens of the country.

Both the bodies stated that the increase in the number of Foreigners’ Tribul from 36 to 100 proves government divisive role both in the state and the centre. They refused to accept any excuse in the me of detention camps, Foreigners’ Tribul, Notifications and long-term visas. Regarding the issuing of Gazette Notification of September 7, 2015, the bodies stated, no such directives have been issued to the state for its implementation. They want Prime Minister rendra Modi to introduce a Bill in the Parliament immediately to protect Hindu Bengali refugees.

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