Assam: ULFA (I) military leader's finds place in updated NRC draft

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The first day of publication of part draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) passed off peacefully in Assam. The leaders said they were not anxious and requested people whose names did not figure on the list not to be anxious either as the document verification process is yet to be completed and another part of the draft yet to be published.

"We assure the people of Assam that Congress leaders and workers will leave no stone unturned to ensure that not a single claim of any citizen is left unaddressed and not a single family or a section of people suffers on account of lack of appropriate verification of their documents or claim", he said.

“While we welcome publication of the first draft, it is only the first draft and covers only 1.9 crore citizens.

Asked about the possible timeframe for the next draft, the RGI said it will be decided as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court - under whose monitoring the document is being prepared - in its next hearing in April.

The entire process will be completed within 2018, Sailesh said.

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Prominent among those whose names did not figure in the list include opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and Dhubri MP, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, his two sons, former Congress minister Ardhendu Kumar Dey, MLAs Shiladitya Deb, Ashwini Roy Sarkar, Nizanur Rahman, Nurul Huda and Nazrul Haque and former MLA Abu Taher Bepari.The draft contains the names of 1.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants. The State Government then formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to hold talks with different organisations to draft modalities for updating the NRC.

However, on being contacted, State BJP general secretary and spokesperson Rupam Goswami dismissed all allegations regarding attempts by the ruling side to delay the exercise and added that the NRC update process is being directly monitored by the Supreme Court and the government is only playing the role of facilitator. "The complete draft will be published after verification of all documents of those who had applied for inclusion".

Many families claimed that names of only some of their members were found in the first draft, while others said none featured on the list.

The first way is to check the printed version of the list at the NRC Seva Kendras between 10 am to 4 pm until January 31 on all working days. If your name is included in the NRC draft, you will receive an SMS automatically. They can also check for information online, through SMS and a toll-free number for people from Assam (15107).

People, carrying documents to prove their citizenship, thronged the seva kendras and stood patiently in long queues as soon as they opened at 8 AM to check if their names were included in the draft. Since then, the process of identification of illegal immigrants in Assam has been debated and become a contentious issue in the state's politics.

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