Silchar: North East Linguistic and Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) at its meeting held on Thursday at Gandhi Bhawan with the representatives of different organizations of Barak Valley after threadbare discussion on the issue of NRC as well as the implementation of the Notification of September 7, 2015 as well as the inclusion of five documents in SOP by the Supreme Court decided to intensify its campaign in order to mobilize public support for long drawn agitation. The discussion also covered the September 19 Order of the Supreme Court of India, approving dropping of the five documents as suggested by the state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela.
Summing up the views expressed by Partha Sarathi Chanda, Dr Bibash Deb, Pranab Nath, Kankan Sikidar, Kirit Bhushan Purkayastha among others at the conclave, Santanu Naik, advisor, NELECC, said everyone was of the opinion that a broad based agitation programme should be taken up for a positive outcome. Accordingly, it was decided that street corner meetings would be organized across the urban and rural areas of Barak Valley in order to make people aware of the ‘sinister design’ to deprive the linguistic and ethnic minorities of their fundamental and constitutional right to become the citizens of the country. It would be followed by ‘flaming procession’ at selected and largely populated places.
It was also agreed upon that FIR would be filed against Prateek Hajela for compelling a good number of applicants to commit suicide, a sort of culpable homicide. It has been reported in the media that a good number of applicants in apprehension that their names and that of their family members would not be able to make it to the NRC draft took to the extreme step in sheer mental anxiety and tension. The FIR would be filed, as the consensus opinion said, at every police station and outpost across Barak Valley. Rallies would also form part of the agitation with banners and posters, demanding suspension and ultimately his being divested of his responsibility as the state coordinator.
The thrust of the agitation, as outlined at the meeting, would be to press for the inclusion of five documents dropped by Hajela for reasons best known to him. It was a positive development that the state government has in its affidavit before the Supreme Court not only demanded inclusion of all the 15 documents but also two others for verification during the process of claims and objections. Most important, NELECC would exert pressure on the Centre for early passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the coming winter session of the Parliament. Apart from that, a PIL would be filed against Prateek Hajela’s dropping of 5 documents in the Supreme Court, revealed Santanu Naik.