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AKRSU, AAMSU call to deport post �71 migrants

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 11 � The All Koch Rajbongshi Students� Union (AKRSU) and the All Assam Minority Students� Union (AAMSU) on Friday said that all migrants who came to Assam after March 25, 1971, irrespective of their faith, should be identified and deported without causing any harassment to genuine Indian citizens.

Both the student bodies revealed its decision not to take side of any political party in the ensuing Assembly elections, but maintained that the ruling Congress had betrayed the aspirations of the Koch Rajbongshi and the minority community and even the opposition failed in its role.

The two student bodies who sat for a joint meeting here in the capital city discussed several issues hindering the development of the Koch Rajbongshi and the minority community and adopted a six-point resolution.

Later addressing the media, Biswajit Ray, president of AKRSU and Abdur Rahim Ahmed, president of AAMSU announced a joint movement to exert pressure on the government so that it pays attention to the grievances of the Koch Rajbongshi and the minority community.

"We also want the government to resolve the issue of D Voters at the earliest, establish institutions of higher education in areas dominated by the Koch Rajbongshi and the minority community, conduct a survey in the char areas and distribute pattas, and rehabilitation of displaced people of both the communities," said Ray. He further said that the AAMSU has extended its support to the demand of ST status for the Koch Rajbongshis.

On the other hand, Ahmed said that the demand of separate Kamatapur State by the AKRSU should be resolved through meaningful dialogue.

Referring to the issue of NRC update in the State, Ahmed said that the process should be the same all over the country. "We want house to house enumeration and have no problem if the NRC forms contain the clause requiring the mention of a person's birthplace," said Ahmed.

It needs to be mentioned here that the pilot NRC update process in Barpeta and Chaygaon revenue circle had to be suspended following violent protest from the minority community and the State government even cancelled the clause in the NRC form asking the birthplace.

The joint movement of the student bodies against the government will start from March 16, informed Ahmed.

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