Assam: Days before final NRC, many get notices to defend their citizenship claims again
By Scroll 29-Aug-2019
Nazir Ahmed, a daily wage labourer from Biswanath district, received a notice from the local panchayat on Thursday. It said his wife, Lalvanu Khatun, has been excluded from the National Register of Citizens. Khatun’s name featured in the Assam: Days before final NRC, many get notices to defend their citizenship claims againdraft NRC, which was published in 2018. However, after subsequent verification she was found to be ineligible, said the notice. “FT reject,” it read, hinting at a family-tree mismatch. “If you want to plead for your inclusion in the final NRC, you are requested to appear for a hearing.”
The hearing was to be held in less than three hours at 11 am at a centre located around 10 km away from Ahmed’s house. “There is one day before the NRC comes out,” her nephew Aashiq Muhammad told Scroll.in. “And this happens.”
Achar Ali and Salaha Khatun of Panibharal village also received similar notices. Both of them were asked to depose at the local block office, around 12 km away, in less than two hours.
In Baksa district’s Jalah village, Montaj Ali’s family received a similar undated notice on Wednesday. The notice cited DVD (descendants of doubtful voters) as the reason for striking off their names. According to the family, the person they had drawn their legacy to has no pending foreigner case against him.
Several others have been served such notices and given only a few hours to make a fresh claim. Scroll.in has reviewed copies of several such notices. All the notices state that verification of these people was done under a rule of the NRC that gives local field-level officers discretionary powers. “The Local Registrar of Citizen Registration may at any time before the final-publication of the National Register of Indian Citizens in the State of Assam cause or direct to cause verification of names of such persons considered necessary,” it said.
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