Kheroni: At a time when more than 41 lakh people excluded from Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been suffering from extreme mental torture because of the fear of being marked as a foreigner and its consequences, here’s a story of a man who lost all his valid and important documents related to NRC, Voter ID, Land papers, Bank passbooks, etc, after a major fire broke out in his village in the wee hours on Saturday.
The fire broke out in the residence of one Lekh Bahadur Mishra at Thakubari village of Hawaipur area under Kheroni Police Station in West Karbi Anglong.
Sources also informed that apart from important documents, all necessary items starting from jewelry, clothes, freeze, almirah were completely destroyed in the fire incident.
Meanwhile, the minority students’ body on Saturday made an appeal to Prateek Hajela to ensure that there are no discrepancies in the NRC process.
AMSU leader Azizur Rahman also appealed to the NRC officials not to exclude any genuine citizens from the NRC.
Rahman addressing the media said that no persons who entered the country after the deadline date should be included in the NRC. He also claimed that the minority communities of Assam have been affected worst by the NRC.
It may be mentioned that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India.
The NRC is now being updated in Assam to include the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC, 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to midnight of 24 March 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam or in any part of India on or before 24 March 1971.
The update process of NRC started in the year 2013 when the Supreme Court of India passed orders for its update. Since then, the Supreme Court (bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Rohintan Fali Nariman) have been monitoring it continuously. The entire project is headed by the State Coordinator of National Registration, Assam, Prateek Hajela; under the strict monitoring of Supreme Court of India.