From a Correspondent
Hojai, July 11: The All Assam Bhojpuri Parishad has filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Friday seeking inclusion of mes of Indian citizens who had come to Assam from other states after 1971 in the NRC.
In a press release, Parshuram Dubey, president of All Assam Bhojpuri Parishad (AABP) said that as per Section 5 of Assam Accord, "Foreigners who have come to Assam on or after 25th March, 1971 shall continue to be detected, deleted and expelled in accordance with the law." But, the AABP said, the Assam Accord does not state that genuine Indians who have come to Assam from other states after 1971 shall not be included in NRC.
"However, it has been seen that in the ongoing NRC update process, there is no option to include the mes of those Indian citizens who have come to Assam from other states and settled here permanently after March 25, 1971," said Dubey.
"The NRC update was necessitated as it was feared that there are large number of foreigners living in Assam. We also want Assam to be free of foreigners," Dubey said.
He said that on or after March 25, 1971, lakhs of Indian people from other states who are genuine citizens of this country came to Assam, subsequently settled here and over the years assimilated with the culture and environment of this State. "Now it is widely feared that the mes of these genuine Indian citizens may not be enrolled in NRC and then they will lose all their rights in Assam. We hope that we will get justice from the court," he added.