SILCHAR, Aug 28 - At a time when the people, especially the Bengali-speaking population, are being harassed and dragged into the detention camp allegedly as D-voters, the political and intellectual fraternity together with the citizens of Silchar condemned the process with grave caution.
In an all-party meeting against the harassment meted out to the people in the ongoing NRC upgradation process, held at the Banga Bhawan here recently, Silchar MP Susmita Dev said that around 2,000 people in Cachar district have been identified as illegal migrants. �The NRC and D-voters issue are more a legal matter than political, and hence filing miscellaneous cases for the ones sent to the detention camps under the Foreigners� Act of 1946 is the only way out at the moment,� she said.
The parliamentarian also urged the authorities concerned to take steps to abolish Clauses 4 and 6A of the Assam Accord. She requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take up the issues under discussion with all the 14 Lok Sabha members of the State before initiating any step.
Speaking on the occasion, former MP Kabindra Purkayastha said the disparity between the people across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys has to end. Karimganj MP Radheshyam Biswas, Sports Minister Ajit Singh, MLA Gautam Roy, Sourindra Kumar Bhattacharjee, Samar Kanti Roy Choudhury, Niladri Roy, Paritosh Dey, Nitish Bhattacharjee, Taimur Raja Choudhury, Deepak Sengupta and Gautom Prasad Dutta were among other prominent leaders and citizens who spoke on the occasion.