Amidst reports of threats to officials conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update process, The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Tuesday appealed to all officials involved in the exercise to update the NRC in Assam without any fear to strike off the names of foreigners from the list.
In a statement to the media, AASU President and General Secretary Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi appealed to NRC officials to work fearlessly to update the NRC. The AASU leaders stated in the statement that there are reports of NRC officials receiving threats in areas where there are no Indian names present. Both Nath and Gogoi alleged that frightened NRC officials are entrusting village headman to conduct the formalities related to NRC. “Out of fear on receiving threats, officials only put their signature on the list after verification by headman,” they said.
The AASU leaders also demanded police protection for NRC officials who work in such areas.”The indigenous people of Assam have started believing the NRC as an instrument of protecting their identity. Without NRC, there would be chaos in the state. Nath and Gogoi further alleged that some officials are still not following the Supreme Court directives on NRC.
The AASU leaders also appealed to all the deputy commissioners of the state to verify the papers of all individuals in their respective districts for creation of a foreigner-free NRC. “No politics on NRC will be tolerated,” they warned.