The Assam police have taken adequate security measures ahead of the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Sakia said on August 23rd, 2019. The final NRC is slated to be published on August 31st, 2019.
The DGP further said, “The Assam police have taken all adequate security measures to prevent any possible attempt to create unrest in the state. The SPs of all the districts have been directed to take necessary steps to maintain the law and order.”
Saikia also said that the police have been monitoring the social media handles including Facebook and Twitter minutely. “Legal actions will be taken if somebody found posting or sharing any provocative statements of anything related to NRC or any communal statements,” the DGP said.
Talking about the security arrangements, Saikia said, “Sufficient Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) troops already reached Assam. The central government assured us of sending more troops if necessary.” “All the safety and security measures are there and it will be reinforced if required. We will not allow any untoward situation to happen. Nobody will be allowed to take law in their hand. We are ready for any challenge,” he added.
The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on August 22nd, 2019, appealed the people of the state not to panic after the publication of the final NRC in case of missing their names. “People of the state had extended peaceful cooperation during the publication of the partial NRC draft and the final NRC draft,” the CM said.
The Supreme Court asked the state government and the Central government to publish the final NRC on August 31st, 2019. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 20th, 2019 announced that the time limit to appeal at the FT for the people of Assam excluded from the NRC has been increased from 60 to 120 days.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. The NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons.