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Four million people excluded from draft citizens list in Assam

Four million people excluded from draft citizens list in Assam

Of 32.9 million applicants, the names of 28.9 million have been approved and included in the draft, Sailesh, India's registrar general, told reporters in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Sailesh, who goes by one name, said the draft citizens register was not meant to drive people out, and that those left off the list will have until the end of September to file an appeal.

The NRC is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.

The first draft of the NRC, released on December 31, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people, leading to jubilation for some and heartbreak among others.

But the opposition Congress party and rights activists say the government is misusing the register to target even legal Indian Muslim citizens who have traditionally voted for non-BJP parties.

Soldiers stood guard at government offices, where thousands of people queued to check their names on the so-called National Register of Citizens (NRC), Reuters witnesses said.

"If the government has made a decision to brand us foreigners what can we do?"

The National Register of Citizens, 1951 is a register prepared after the conduct of the Census of 1951. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country. "Once the draft list is out, you will see it isn't biased and you will be proud of it", Mr Sarma, who also the head Assam government's cabinet sub-committee on NRC, added.

Azmal Haque, 50, a resident of Chaygaon in Assam's Kamrup district, said his name was omitted despite submitting all "valid documents". Majority settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh. "The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) nearly four decades ago had sought to". Hundreds of thousands of people fled what was then East Pakistan in the 1970s, most settling in Assam.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said those excluded will be given chance to make claims and objections.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Indian citizens whose names are not included in Monday's list need not worry. But the NRC told India's top court this month that it would drop 150,000 people from that list - a third of them married women - mainly because they had provided false information or inadmissible documents.

Critics say the move to strip the citizenship of Bengali origin people, most of whom are Muslims, is similar to Myanmar's removal of rights and protections for its Rohingya community. The mammoth three-year-long exercise to prove the identities of 33 million people across the hills, valleys and plains of this verdant state began two years ago.


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