LAKHIMPUR: The activists of the Lakhimpur unit of the All Assam Bengali Youth Students 'Federation (AABYSF) staged a three-hour long sit-in in Lakhimpur on Monday to protest against the exclusion of Bengali and other Hindu people from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31.
By staging the protest in front of the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner's office, led by Lakhimpur unit president Ranjit Mandal and general secretary Sanjib Biswas, the organization demanded the governments to stop alleged harassment on Hindu Bengalis, to ensure the citizenship of the Hindu Bengalis who were living in Assam and to release all the Hindu people stranded in the detention camps in Assam. Central committee president of the organization, Dipak Dey, general secretary Bijay Chanda along with many other dignitaries took part in the programme. The protesters rocked the environment shouting various slogans in support of their demands. Later, the organization submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through Lakhimpur DC regarding their demands.
"The AABYSF, Lakhimpur district committee is deeply pained by the exclusion of more than 13 lakh Hindus from the final list of the NRC, belonging to Bengali, Hindu speaking, Nepali, Boro, Karbi, Koch Rajbonshi, Rabha Hazong, Garo and other indigenous communities. They are genuine Indian citizens living in Assam prior to March 25, 1971. Further, most of those excluded are members of families whose other members have been included in the NRC as genuine Indian citizens. As such, the excluded Indian citizens are not required to approach the Foreigners' Tribunals as they are not foreigners," the memorandum stated.
Under such circumstances, the organization requested the Prime Minister to issue order to release all the Hindu people immediately from the detention camps in Assam.