NEW DELHI, April 22 � Refuting allegations made by AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal that the Muslims in Assam are being labelled as illegal Bangladeshis, the Forum Against Infiltration (Prabajan Birodhi Mancha) has alleged that the Lok Sabha MP had made the statements to have the Centre�s inquiry into the alleged tampering of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) stalled.
In a statement, Forum convenor Upamanyu Hazarika while describing Ajmal�s allegation as false and misleading, pointed out that the statements were made ahead of the visit by a team of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials to inquire into complaints of tampering of the NRC.
�These statements by Ajmal are an attempt to stall inquiry and investigation to protect Bangladeshis,� Hazarika alleged.
�The AIUDF�s threat to approach the Supreme Court and the Union Home Minister is only an attempt to browbeat the Central team when they are conducting a crucial inquiry,� he said.
The AIUDF was deliberately seeking to communalise the situation for its own political benefit by alleging that Muslims were being targeted, when it was not actually the case, Hazarika said.
Ajmal�s statements in the context, that most Bangladeshis were Muslims, were an attempt to seek protection for them on religious lines and evoke false sympathy, when such illegal migrants were foreigners, Hazarika alleged.
As reported, the Forum had petitioned the Centre on the false documentation and identity proof submitted by Bangladeshis to get citizenship by fraudulent means, and sought an investigation by a Central investigation agency.