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03 August, 2018, 11:09 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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"The Indian government has not discussed this issue with us, nor do we have any intention to take it up with India as it is an internal matter of India, our friendly neighbour", Bangladesh information minister Hasanul-Haque Inu said in an interview with HT.

They could not apply for their names to be included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as they could not trace their family's legacy data or any similar document despite checking with their relatives across Assam, the sources said.

He asserted that no "coercive" action will be taken against those whose names were excluded from the NRC draft list.

The people who have been seen a ineligible for the citizenship will not be offered any right within the nation.

However, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already given a statement urging political parties not to politicise such a sensitive issue.

Slamming the Congress for not completing the NRC, Shah said: "You didn't have the guts to prepare the list and send back the infiltrators".

"I am sending a team of party MPs to Assam and if necessary, I will go there too", she said.

". There are many others, who did not apply deliberately, knowing well that they are illegally staying in Assam". There are many children and women among them. There are strong suspicions that this is a move by the right-wing nationalists allied to the Modi government which seeks to advance the rights of Hindus - already a massive majority - at the expense of the many minorities in the country of which Muslims are the largest. This is not the politics of India.

Under the Assam Accord, an agreement signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, all those who can not prove that they came to the north-eastern state before 24 March 1971 will be deleted from electoral rolls and expelled as they are not considered legitimate citizens.

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The Bench said, at the moment, it would prefer to refrain from commenting on the draft NRC and wait for the government to submit its SOP for vetting."Our silence now is neither consent nor objection nor assurance", Justice Gogoi observed.

Suban was seated with his wife at their house a few hundred metres from a vast paddy field where, in 1983, scores of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.

Attacking the BJP, she said the saffron party is trying to divide the country and asserted this will not be tolerated.

Muslims arrive in a country boat to check if their names are included in the NRC n Bur Gaon village, 70 kms east of Gauhati, India, Monday, July 30, 2018.

Illegal immigration is an important issue in Assam.

Several other survivors of the "Nellie Massacre", which killed around 2,000 people from more than a dozen villages, gave accounts of burying bodies in a mass grave now partly under water.

The final list of the NRC will be published by December this year. "We have always demanded removal of illegal immigrants".

People will have to satisfy the electoral registration officers that they are citizens of India to be part of the voter list and they can use documents available with them to support their claim.

To recognize Indian citizens living in Assam, the National Register of Citizens is being updated for the first time since 1951.


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