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State has 1,36,448 �D� voters

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - The State now has a total of 1,36,448 �D� voters. While 1,06,678 cases have been disposed of in the Foreigners Tribunals, the number of pending cases stands at 1,24,979.

Informing this while answering a query from AIUDF MLA Rafikul Islam in the Assembly today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said that the figure concerning ex-parte judgements was being sought from the deputy commissioners of the districts.

Islam said that members of the Muslim community � especially those from poor background and engaged in petty jobs outside their home districts � were facing a serious situation as they had been served with notices at their temporary addresses on suspicion of being foreign nationals and ex-parte judgements passed when they failed to appear in the court.

�It is acceptable if a suspected foreigner is served with a notice, but that needs to be delivered at his permanent home address instead of where he is working temporarily. The result is they are not getting the notices and ex-parte judgements are being passed, terming them as foreigners. This is quite disturbing,� he said.

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