TANGLA: A number of people in Udalguri and Darrang districts, mostly belonging to religious and linguistic minority communities, failed to make it to the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was released on Saturday morning.
Thirty-two year old Sanju Dutta, who cycled to the Tangla Irrigation colony NRC Seva Kendra to check if he and his family members had made it into the list, returned disappointed and dismayed when he found that none of the family members, neither he himself, his father Santi Sutra (65) nor his mother Sandhya Dutta, residents of the Hindu Bengali-dominated Subhaspolly locality of Tanga town in Udalguri district, had been included in the list.
“I am in short of words at this moment as I fail to understand what does this government need from us? I submitted my grandfather’s Post Office Passbook of 1966 and also submitted the court decree of a Foreigners Tribunal which removed the tag of D-voter from my grandfather’s name,” said Sanju with a heavy heart.
Twenty-nine year old Din Islam, who runs a drug store in Grand land Bagicha of Darrang, was perplexed when he found that he, along with his mother Fatema Bewa (49), his son Tamim Ikbal (5), his brother Najrul Islam and aunt Hasina Banu were excluded from the NRC final list. “The NRC authorities have not scrutinized the documents properly as I have submitted my grandfather’s electoral roll of 1965 to prove my citizenship. How can we be excluded?” Din Islam said.
Thirty-seven year old Rahman Ali of Naptipara village in Udalguri, who is a fish trader, did not open his stall in Kotochowk of Kalaigaon because he was worried if he and his family made it to the NRC final list or not. His worst fear came true as he and his mother Aaitan Begum (58) and his daughter Ruksana Begum (7) have been excluded from the list. Having used the 1971 legacy data, Rahman said they were never made a part of NRC list.
For 38-year old Kalimuddin Ahmed, a cultivator hailing from 1 No. Singrumari, all hell broke loose as despite submitting the 1951 Legacy Data of his grandfather as well as giving land documents of 1966, his father Akash Ali (70), his mother Kalsum Begum (60) and his brother Najrul Hussain (30) were not incorporated in the NRC list.
“What is the use of living in this land where my ancestors have lived for decades and despite having document and spending money for traveling to various places for hearing, we were excluded only because we are Muslims,” said Kalimuddin.
Fifty-four year old Mohiruddin Ahmed of 2 No.Singrimari village, who runs a fertilizer store, was shocked to find his son Ajibuddin Ahmed (28) was left out of the list. “We have faith in judiciary. If no one will listen to our ordeal, there is the court to seek legal course of action,” said Mohiruddin.
Forty-eight year old Sahara Khatun wife of Samser Ali, drowned herself in a well at her residence in No. 1 Dolabari in Tezpur of Sonitpur district at about 9.30 am on Saturday prior to the publication of final NRC list.
“I visited the spot and retrieved the body for post-mortem. Her death is not related to NRC, she was mentally ill according to the local people. All her family members, including herself, made it to the final list,” said Additional Superintendent of Police (HQ), Sonitpur, Numal Mahatta.