GUWAHATI, May 7 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) on Tuesday asked the state government to take necessary steps to ensure the security of persons taking part in the NRC claims and objections process.
Claiming that a number of persons raising objection against the inclusion of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) are being threatened in some places of the State, the student body said both the processes of claims by Indian citizens for inclusion in the NRC, and objections on the inclusion of names of illegal migrants are a part of the NRC update process.
�Any attack or threat to the persons taking part in the process won�t be accepted as it is a tool to weed out illegal migrants who have somehow managed to sneak into the final draft,� AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.
AASU advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya said the student body wants an error-free NRC, which was being prepared under the direct monitoring and supervision of the Supreme Court.
�It is our duty to ensure that the final NRC does not have names of any illegal citizen who came here after 1971. Members of the AASU and 30 organisations also assisted the indigenous people who were facing problems in filing their claims and objections. It is a legal process and unnecessary controversy must not be created over the issue,� he added.
The student body further reiterated that persons entering Assam before the cut-off date of the Assam Accord have been accepted as Indian citizens irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. �It is unfortunate that people and organisations who had once accepted the Assam Accord are now trying to protect the interest of the illegal migrants,� the AASU leaders stated.