The locals of Nagrijuli town in Assam’s Baksa district staged a massive protest against the National Register of Citizens(NRC) coordinator, Prateek Hajela alleging anomalies in the publication of the citizenship final list.
Over three hundred people took to the streets of Nagrijuli on September 10th, 2019 and staged a protest rally raising concern over their citizenship. After the rally, the protesters reached the Nagrijuli Police Outpost to register seperate FIRs against Hajela alleging discrepancies in the list.
The rally was led by Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leader and former executive member of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Rabindra Biswas.
“Our names were included in the first and the second draft of NRC. Despite having all the relevant linkage documents, there is some serious conspiracy going on against us to make us lose the Indian citizenship,” a protesting local said.
It may be mentioned here that over 19 Lakh people have been left off the final Assam NRC which was published on August 31st, 2019.
Naba Kumar Sarania, Member of Parliament(MP) of the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency also reached the police outpost to take stock of the situation. Speaking to the reporters at the Nagrijuli Police Outpost, Sarania said, “The people who could not make it to the final NRC list should keep patience and apply for the same with all the requisite documents once again. No one should choose the wrong way out of depression. This has happened due to lackadisacal attitude of a few of the NRC officials,”.
It may be mentioned that a series of FIRs have been lodged against the NRC Coordinator in different parts of the state since the publication of the final NRC list in Assam. Earlier this week in Dibrugarh, the police registered a case against Hajela on the complaint of a member of Bengali-speaking Development Council and All India Legal Aid Forum Chandan Mazumdar, over exclusion of his name from the list.
The All Assam Goriya Moriya Youth Students’ Federation also lodged a complaint against Hajela claiming that a huge number of people belonging to indigenous groups despite providing sufficient relevant linkage documents have been excluded from the final list.