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Fraudulent means to get names included in NRC come to light

By R Dutta Choudhury
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GUWAHATI, April 1 - Persons who are not eligible for getting their names included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) are using different kinds of modus operandi to get their names included in the citizenship document, which include using the legacy data code of other persons, bribing people to use their legacy, submission of forged documents etc. A number of such cases have already been detected in different parts of the State.

Official sources told The Assam Tribune that family tree verification led to detection of most such cases as whenever mismatches in family trees were detected, the concerned persons were called for verification in front of the officers engaged for the process of verification and there were instances where the persons who used same legacy data code, did not recognize each other. It may be mentioned here that around 48 lakh mismatches in family trees have been detected so far and the concerned persons are called to the verifying centres for on the spot verifications.

Giving some glaring examples of unauthorized persons trying to get their names included in the NRC with fraudulent means, sources said that in one such case in Dhing in Nagaon district, several persons used the legacy data code of one Abdul Mazid and when some doubts arose, all the persons who used the legacy data code were called for on the spot verification and one lady could not be recognized by most of the persons apart from one. During questioning, the lady finally admitted that she paid Rs two thousand to one S Ali to use the legacy data code of Mazid and the entire proceeding was video recorded.

In another case in Nagaon district, one person claimed himself to be Suresh Das, son of Robi Das. He used the legacy data code of Robi Das. Interestingly Robi Das did not recognize Suresh. During questioning, Suresh admitted that his real name is Fakaruddin, son of Umed Ali. The most disturbing aspect is that Fakaruddin even managed to get a voters� identity card in the name of Suresh Das.

In a case in Morigaon district, a person who was declared as a foreign national by Foreigners� Tribunal, used legacy data code of another person and declared that his father is dead. But later it was proved that the person, whose legacy data code he had used is very much alive and he they have no relation.

In a case in Barpeta, one Abdul Salam submitted application for inclusion of his wife Kanchan Nessa in the NRC and gave the legacy data code of one Gazi Sheikh. But during the process of verification, the other siblings of Gazi Sheikh did not recognize the woman who claimed herself to be Kanchan Nessa. Later during investigation, it was found that Kanchan Nessa was the name of the first wife of Abdul Salam and she died some time back. Salam, while submitting the application for inclusion of names in the NRC, mentioned the name of his second wife Kadbanu as Kanchan Nessa and used the legacy data code of the father of his first wife.

In one such interesting case, two families used the legacy data code of one Tikaram Parajuli Sharma but both families did not recognize each other. Later during investigation, it was found that one of the families was not related to Sharma as it submitted affidavits which proved that the age difference between the father and grandfather was only three years.

Even persons declared as foreigners by Foreigners� Tribunals, applied for inclusion of names in the NRC with different names. One person applied for inclusion of name in the NRC as Motilal Das but after a family tree mismatch, an investigation was carried out and it was found that his actual name is Manju Das, who was declared as a foreigner by the Tribunal. One Arati Mandal, whose name is included in the list of Doubtful Voters, applied as Parul Das on the strength of a certificate issued by secretary of a gaon panchayat.

Six persons applied on the strength of the legacy data code of one Mohor Ali and during the verification process, one lady did not recognize one of the persons and it proved that the person managed to bribe the others but not the daughter of Mohor Ali. Similarly there in another case, a 12 year old boy was recognized by all others using the same legacy data code barring one lady, who apparently could not be bribed. One Samsul Husa used the legacy data code of Uzir Ali but the name of his father is different in the voters� identity card. He claimed that the name of his father was wrongly written in the Voters� Identity card but that claim was not accepted. In a similar case, one M Ali was not recognized by others using the same legacy data code and during cross questioning the person admitted that he had used the code without others knowing it. In another case, a family admitted that one person used the legacy data code of their father and later tried to bribe them.

Those were only a few examples of persons using fraudulent means to get their names included in the NRC and a substantial number of such cases are coming up every day during the process of verification of the family trees. Official sources admitted that only creation of manual family trees with the documents submitted by the applicants and the family tress generated by computers unearthed such mismatches, leading to detection of persons using fraudulent means to get names included in the NRC.

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GUWAHATI, April 1 - Persons who are not eligible for getting their names included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) are using different kinds of modus operandi to get their names included in the citizenship document, which include using the legacy data code of other persons, bribing people to use their legacy, submission of forged documents etc. A number of such cases have already been detected in different parts of the State.

Official sources told The Assam Tribune that family tree verification led to detection of most such cases as whenever mismatches in family trees were detected, the concerned persons were called for verification in front of the officers engaged for the process of verification and there were instances where the persons who used same legacy data code, did not recognize each other. It may be mentioned here that around 48 lakh mismatches in family trees have been detected so far and the concerned persons are called to the verifying centres for on the spot verifications.

Giving some glaring examples of unauthorized persons trying to get their names included in the NRC with fraudulent means, sources said that in one such case in Dhing in Nagaon district, several persons used the legacy data code of one Abdul Mazid and when some doubts arose, all the persons who used the legacy data code were called for on the spot verification and one lady could not be recognized by most of the persons apart from one. During questioning, the lady finally admitted that she paid Rs two thousand to one S Ali to use the legacy data code of Mazid and the entire proceeding was video recorded.

In another case in Nagaon district, one person claimed himself to be Suresh Das, son of Robi Das. He used the legacy data code of Robi Das. Interestingly Robi Das did not recognize Suresh. During questioning, Suresh admitted that his real name is Fakaruddin, son of Umed Ali. The most disturbing aspect is that Fakaruddin even managed to get a voters� identity card in the name of Suresh Das.

In a case in Morigaon district, a person who was declared as a foreign national by Foreigners� Tribunal, used legacy data code of another person and declared that his father is dead. But later it was proved that the person, whose legacy data code he had used is very much alive and he they have no relation.

In a case in Barpeta, one Abdul Salam submitted application for inclusion of his wife Kanchan Nessa in the NRC and gave the legacy data code of one Gazi Sheikh. But during the process of verification, the other siblings of Gazi Sheikh did not recognize the woman who claimed herself to be Kanchan Nessa. Later during investigation, it was found that Kanchan Nessa was the name of the first wife of Abdul Salam and she died some time back. Salam, while submitting the application for inclusion of names in the NRC, mentioned the name of his second wife Kadbanu as Kanchan Nessa and used the legacy data code of the father of his first wife.

In one such interesting case, two families used the legacy data code of one Tikaram Parajuli Sharma but both families did not recognize each other. Later during investigation, it was found that one of the families was not related to Sharma as it submitted affidavits which proved that the age difference between the father and grandfather was only three years.

Even persons declared as foreigners by Foreigners� Tribunals, applied for inclusion of names in the NRC with different names. One person applied for inclusion of name in the NRC as Motilal Das but after a family tree mismatch, an investigation was carried out and it was found that his actual name is Manju Das, who was declared as a foreigner by the Tribunal. One Arati Mandal, whose name is included in the list of Doubtful Voters, applied as Parul Das on the strength of a certificate issued by secretary of a gaon panchayat.

Six persons applied on the strength of the legacy data code of one Mohor Ali and during the verification process, one lady did not recognize one of the persons and it proved that the person managed to bribe the others but not the daughter of Mohor Ali. Similarly there in another case, a 12 year old boy was recognized by all others using the same legacy data code barring one lady, who apparently could not be bribed. One Samsul Husa used the legacy data code of Uzir Ali but the name of his father is different in the voters� identity card. He claimed that the name of his father was wrongly written in the Voters� Identity card but that claim was not accepted. In a similar case, one M Ali was not recognized by others using the same legacy data code and during cross questioning the person admitted that he had used the code without others knowing it. In another case, a family admitted that one person used the legacy data code of their father and later tried to bribe them.

Those were only a few examples of persons using fraudulent means to get their names included in the NRC and a substantial number of such cases are coming up every day during the process of verification of the family trees. Official sources admitted that only creation of manual family trees with the documents submitted by the applicants and the family tress generated by computers unearthed such mismatches, leading to detection of persons using fraudulent means to get names included in the NRC.

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