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Jamiat alleges anomalies in NRC update

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 9 - The Assam State Jamiat Ulama has alleged that serious irregularities and harassment are being meted out to religious and linguistic minorities in the State in the name of verification of family tree and panchayat documents for the NRC update process.

It has sent a letter to the Registrar General of India (RGI), New Delhi, in this regard.

�We are in favour of identification and expulsion of all post-1971 foreigners from Assam but at the same time we strongly object to the undue harassment being committed particularly to the linguistic and religious minority communities of the State in the name of preparation of NRC,� said the letter.

�The provision of furnishing family tree is not there in the agreed modalities for the preparation of NRC. However, we did not object to the same in consideration of the need for preparation of correct NRC. Now, this provision is being misused in the name of verification of family tree and panchayat certificates. In case of entries not denied by any member of the family tree, and rather corroborated by each other, there remains no question of physical verification of such entries regarding persons referred to the same,� added the letter.

The Jamiat said in most of the cases, even though there is no denial or non-corroboration, persons are being notified to attend the hearing in faraway places with all their family members.

�In most cases, notices were not served to the persons concerned, keeping them in total darkness about the hearing. In most of the cases, people are being asked to come to places where they do not have any relations. In other cases, no discrepancies in the entries have been found and yet they were called. The striking feature is that this practice has not been uniformly applied to applicants belonging to all communities and applied to some chosen and singled out communities only. Same yardsticks have not been applied in case of all persons who have already found their names in the first draft NRC and thus a discriminatory practice is being followed,� stated the letter.

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Jamiat alleges anomalies in NRC update

GUWAHATI, May 9 - The Assam State Jamiat Ulama has alleged that serious irregularities and harassment are being meted out to religious and linguistic minorities in the State in the name of verification of family tree and panchayat documents for the NRC update process.

It has sent a letter to the Registrar General of India (RGI), New Delhi, in this regard.

�We are in favour of identification and expulsion of all post-1971 foreigners from Assam but at the same time we strongly object to the undue harassment being committed particularly to the linguistic and religious minority communities of the State in the name of preparation of NRC,� said the letter.

�The provision of furnishing family tree is not there in the agreed modalities for the preparation of NRC. However, we did not object to the same in consideration of the need for preparation of correct NRC. Now, this provision is being misused in the name of verification of family tree and panchayat certificates. In case of entries not denied by any member of the family tree, and rather corroborated by each other, there remains no question of physical verification of such entries regarding persons referred to the same,� added the letter.

The Jamiat said in most of the cases, even though there is no denial or non-corroboration, persons are being notified to attend the hearing in faraway places with all their family members.

�In most cases, notices were not served to the persons concerned, keeping them in total darkness about the hearing. In most of the cases, people are being asked to come to places where they do not have any relations. In other cases, no discrepancies in the entries have been found and yet they were called. The striking feature is that this practice has not been uniformly applied to applicants belonging to all communities and applied to some chosen and singled out communities only. Same yardsticks have not been applied in case of all persons who have already found their names in the first draft NRC and thus a discriminatory practice is being followed,� stated the letter.

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