Efforts on to discredit NRC updating process — pro-talks ULFA
Guwahati, May 28 (PTI): The pro-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Tuesday claimed that efforts are on to discredit the updation NRC process and delegates from the state will present its “true picture” in the coming 41st session of the Human Rights Council of the UN.
At a time when the updation process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is going on in the state, an “anti-Assam circle” is propagating misinformation in the ULFA (pro-talk) General Secretary Anup Chetia said.
“We strongly oppose such attempt to discredit the NRC process. To clarify doubts and present the true picture, the Khilonjia Mancha Assam will send delegates to participate in the UN convention to be held at Geneva next month,” he said.
Chetia was speaking at a press conference organised by the Khilonjia Mancha Assam, a platform for the indigenous people of the state.
Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951. It is now being updated under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
Chetia alleged that a strong “anti-Assam circle” is trying to obstruct the updation process of the historic document and for that, an attempt is being made to remove the Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi from the NRC Case.
Chetia claimed that around 1.9 lakh complaints have been filed against “erroneous” inclusion of names in the draft NRC, but most of the complainants did not turn up during hearings.
The Supreme Court has fixed July 31 as the deadline for publication of the final NRC in Assam.
Altogether 2.9 crore persons were found to be eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of the NRC, which was published on July 30 last year. However, it excluded names of 40.08 lakh people.