From our Special Correspondent
Silchar, August 24: gariktwa Suraksha Sangram Committee (NSSC) has slammed Prime Minister rendra Modi for making false promises and assurances while addressing a pre-election public rally at Ramgar near here on February 22, 2014. Staging a sit in demonstration near the statue of Khudiram Bose at Club Road on monday, Pradip Kumar Dey, advisor of the Committee, said Prime Minister had then promised to solve ‘D’ voter issue, demolition of detention camp and granting of citizenship to those branded as ‘D’. He questioned, “Where are those promises when hundreds of people are being arrested and put in camps across the state?”
Members cutting across political allegiance who participated in the sit in demonstration expressed their ire and resentment at police harassment against Indian citizens declared foreigners by ex parte judgements of the Foreigners’ Tribul. Everything happening today, according to Sashanka Shekhar Paul, another advisor, is in gross violation of human rights. Sangram Committee calls upon the people in general to resist in an unified manner any harassment of the Indian citizens. He reminded the voice of masses is the last word.
He reminded that above judiciary is Lok Sabha and Assembly and above all the people’s voice. The Sangram Committee in this drive against ‘D’ voters is a part of the deeper conspiracy to throw out people of a particular community. According to him, Foreigners’ Act of 1946 was amended after the Assam Accord of 1985. It was clearly mentioned that those who entered Assam between January 1, 1966 and March 24, 1971 are to register their mes with the registration official and for this purpose if need be, it can be sent to the Foreigners’ Tribul.
But, in the present process, ‘D’ voters have been made to be caught in the tangle of tribuls which are declaring ex parte judgements. This is again against all canons of justice and humanity. Those summoned before the Tribul are not being given proper opportunity to defend themselves. But, sadly enough, it has been pointed out that the legal procedure is being flouted blatantly. Arungshu Bhattacharjee, a functiory of the Committee, questioned the very intent and purpose of the state government.
It is known to everybody that both the Centre and the state in coordition with All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) created ground for annulment of IM (DT) Act of 1983. The IM (DT) Act, according to him was to protect the Indian citizens. Before 1983, he reminded thousands of non Assamese were on the way to be declared foreigners. With the dissolution of IM (DT) Act, the minorities of the state find themselves in a helpless situation.
Nekib Hussain Choudhury, member of the Sangram Committee, said the motive of the state government has to be deeply understood and accordingly the people have to be prepared for a bigger fight and movement. In the same way, NRC update process, he alleged, was initiated by the Centre and the state in close understanding with AASU. Sangram Committee has again through this demonstration awakened the people of Barak Valley against the graver implications of NRC update and the spectre of ‘D’ voters.
Paritosh Paul Choudhury, chief advisor, described the indiscrimite arrests and detention to create panic and fear among the minorities which has to be vehemently opposed by all the organizations, NGOs and political parties. He took the occasion to hit out at BJP which has been shouting day and night to be the saviour of refugees. Besides the Prime Minister, Ram Madhav, all India general secretary of BJP, during his recent visit to Barak Valley also spoke of a suitable Act to protect the refugees. Where are those promises and assurances, he asked? As a part of its agitation in the valley, Sangram Committee has decided to observe “Betrayal Day” in Silchar, Hailakandi and Karimganj on September 14, 21 and 23. Besides, a mass protest rally will also be organized.