GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - All Assam Koch Students� Union (AAKSU) has condemned in a statement the assertions made by All Assam Minority Students� Union (AAMSU) president Abdur Rahim Ahmed on the issue of inclusion of the names of the indigenous peoples of the State in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
According to media reports, Abdur Rahim Ahmed had stated on Friday that the AAMSU is opposed to the move for direct inclusion the names of the people belonging to the indigenous ethnic groups or communities of the State in the NRC. According to media reports, Ahmed had also questioned the veracity of the term �indigenous peoples� and claimed that there was no indigenous group of people in Assam. Reports also said that he resented further the move to include the names of the people belonging to the tea garden communities in the NRC and warned a volatile situation in case names of these people are included in the NRC directly.
AAKSU assistant general secretary Kamal Narayan Koch has described the statement made by the AAMSU president as highly controversial and provocative. The AAMSU has no right to make any derogatory comment on the indigenous peoples of the State and he should desist from making any such comment in future.
The indigenous groups of people of the State are living in Assam since time immemorial and their existence have been mentioned even by the Rig-Veda and the great epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, which are thousands of year-old.
The process to update the 1951 NRC is going on as per the directive of the Supreme Court of India and the apex court is also monitoring the entire process. The apex court had on July 21 last issued the directive for direct inclusion of the names of the people belonging to the indigenous ethnic groups, or, communities in the NRC. No individual or organisation should try to hamper the process, said the AAKSU assistant general secretary.