Assam: 60-Year-Old Man Dies by Suicide After Struggling To Prove Citizenship

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A 60-year-old man from Assam’s Morigaon district, named as Manik Das allegedly committed suicide after battling to prove his Indian citizenship at a Foreigners Tribunal, despite the fact that his name was already listed on the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, the deceased had a small business at the Jagi road dry fish market in Morigaon district. 

His family from Borkhal village claimed that Das ended his life due to immense “frustration and mental torture” he faced while attending the proceedings at the Tribunal to prove his Indian citizenship.

The case against Das, which was registered at the Tribunal in 2004 left him frustrated and imposed mental trauma that led him to undertake such a drastic step, as informed by his daughter.

“The case has been going on for many years. We don’t know why the police sent a notice to him and filed the case. My father’s name appeared in the NRC.” – she further stated.

The daughter also claimed that Das had all valid legal identity documents such as PAN card, Aadhaar card and land records in his name.

According to PTI report, Das went missing since Sunday and his body was found hanging from a tree on a hillock near his house on Tuesday evening.

“The body has been sent for postmortem. Prima facie it’s a case of suicide but we can say it with certainty only after the postmortem,” an official told the news agency.

“It is totally wrong to link the alleged suicide with the FT case. The cause of suicide might be household issues,” – informed the Morigaon Deputy Superintendent of Police (Border) D R Bora.

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