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Over 80 cases filed for submitting forged papers

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, June 14 - With Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal taking personal interest, the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has picked up momentum, while more than 80 cases have been registered so far against those involved in submitting forged documents for inclusion of their names in the NRC.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, the State Coordinator for updating the NRC, Prateek Hajela said that the process of verification of documents submitted by the citizens slowed down during the elections, but it has picked up momentum now and with the Chief Minister taking personal interest in this regard, the process would be expedited further. Sonowal held two meetings with the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police in Dibrugarh and Bongaigaon, and in both the meetings, he called upon the officials to concentrate on the process of updating the NRC.

Hajela said that around 64 per cent of the documents submitted by the people of the State for inclusion of their names in the updated NRC have already been verified. He revealed that at present, around one lakh documents are being verified daily. At one point of time, only around 30,000 documents were verified on an average day, but with the Deputy Commissioners taking keen interest following the directive of the Chief Minister, the process has gathered momentum. He pointed out that verification of the documents is the most important part of the process of updating the NRC and efforts are being made to ensure quality of the work so that no one can include his or her name in the NRC with forged documents.

Hajela admitted that a �substantial number� of forged documents have already been detected. He revealed that all the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to register cases against those caught with submitting forged documents so that action can be taken against them as per the law. At the same time, he said that submitting of FIRs against such persons would lead to police investigations and the idea is to book not only the persons who submitted forged documents but also the persons involved in preparation of such documents. �We should also try to find out whether there is any racket involved in preparation of such forged documents,� he added.

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