Woman Declared Foreigner In Assam, Her Family Claims Roots In Bihar
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Woman Declared Foreigner In Assam, Her Family Claims Roots In Bihar

By Ndtv calender  27-Jun-2019


Woman Declared Foreigner In Assam, Her Family Claims Roots In Bihar

A 40-year-old woman was arrested and sent to a detention centre in Assam earlier this month after a tribunal declared her a foreigner. Her family, however, claims her father was born in Bihar and they have been living in Assam since the British era. 
Amila Sah was arrested on June 15 from Dholaibeel area in Sonitpur district. A Foreigners' Tribunal on April 30 declared that Ms Sah had failed to prove that she was the daughter of Keshab Prashad Gupta, who was born in Nalanda in Bihar and had moved to Pratapgarh Tea Estate in Assam in 1948.
However, the names of Ms Sah's family members, including her siblings, have been added to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft. 
Ms Sah's brother, Ramesh Gupta said, "On 15 June, she was sent to detention centre. We are genuine Indians. We are Hindi speaking people living in Assam with roots from Bihar. Our father had migrated from Bihar. We are poor and less literate so would document keeping is patchy but that does not mean we are not Indian. Our names have come in draft NRC list."
The family now plans to contest the decision of the Foreigners' Tribunal at the Gauhati High Court.
Her son Bhola Sah said, "It's not the question of NRC. NRC is to detect illegal migrants from a foreign land. We are migrants from mainland India, from Bihar, how can my mother be a foreigner."

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