Guwahati, July 12: Ahead of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Alipurduar district administration in North Bengal to remain alert about the developments in neighbouring Assam.
Banerjee asked the district administration in the areas on the Assam border to be vigilant against the outsiders “who are distributing money with wrong intentions” and to check whether people were pushed back from Assam. The Bengal Chief Minister held a review meeting of Alipurduar district in Siliguri on Wednesday.
As per the Supreme Court order, the final draft of the NRC will be published on July 30.
“We have information that outsiders are sneaking into Alipurduar district from Assam. A section of them is also distributing money with wrong intentions. The block development officers (BDOs) and police on the border should be on alert and conduct patrolling in the sensitive areas on a regular basis.,’ she said.
“You (BDOs and Police) have to be on your toes and keep a watch. Talk to people so that you can gather inputs about the outsiders or any suspicious activities,” Banerjee added.
The NRC of 1951 is being updated in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to identify the original residents of the state and weed out the illegal migrants.
It may be mentioned that post the publication of the first NRC draft on December 31 (midnight), 2017, Banerjee had accused the BJP-led Centre of hatching a “conspiracy to drive away the Bengalis from Assam by excluding their names from the document”.