Pending Cases Of Gorkhas In Foreigners' Tribunal Will Be Dissolved: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma
About 2,500 Gorkhas were being heard at several Foreigners' Tribunal in the state.
Guwahati: On Thursday, the Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the public prosecutors have been instructed by the state government to make efforts to dissolve the pending cases against the Gorkha community that have been filed in the Foreigner's Tribunal.
Last month, the Assam Cabinet had made the decision to not persecute the Gorkha community. Assam CM reiterated this statement while adding that a 14-km-road from Tupia to Balijuri have been dedicated at Sootea Legislative Assembly.
It was also reminded by the Chief Minister that within 3 months of the BJP-led government coming into power, it has taken 3 major decisions favouring the Gorkhas community.
Previously, the BJP-led government led by Himanta Biswa Sarma had declared the Gorkha community who dwelled in tribal belts and blocks as a 'protected class'. Also, land rights were given to the community. Most importantly, no cases will be filed against them in the Foreigners' Tribunal.
Since 1997, 22,000 Gorkhas have been arbitrarily marked as "doubtful voters" or "D voters" in the electoral roll, as per sources. Also, as of now, about 2, 500 Gorkhas were being heard in the Foreigners' Tribunal.
According to a news report, "Around 500 cases were disposed of since the NRC (National Register of Citizens) process began. A few were given ex-parte decisions and declared foreigners. Some were jailed in a detention camp. With our combined efforts, most of these cases have been resolved, but some are still pending."