NEW DELHI, June 3 - At least five Hindu Bengali organisations on Monday, alleging harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, claimed that complainants often do not turn up in the hearing after lodging claims and objections.
�Those who have filed claims and objections should come to the court to prove their contention,� they said, demanding that Hindu Bengalis who have come to Assam before March 25, 1971 should be included in the NRC and those who came after 1971 should be kept out of the NRC.
The leaders of the organisations also claimed that the SOP (standard operating procedure) cleared by the Supreme Court also clearly mentions that those who file claims and objections have to be present during the hearing.
They also came down heavily on the so-called campaign billed �Chalo Paltai� that has been started by a section Bengali people, who do not have any connection with Assam. �This mischievous section is trying to damage the age-old relations between the Assamese and Bengalis in Assam,� they said.
�We are born in Assam and we are not concerned about West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is strange that these people (behind the campaign), who have never taken up issues like flood problem or ever spoken in favour of Hindu Bengalis in times of crisis, have suddenly become active,� said Kamal Choudhury, president of the All Assam Bengali Yuva Chatra Federation.