In a major development, the Supreme Court on Friday has rejected ration card as a valid document for including a person’s name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The development came after a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice F Nariman gave the ruling. State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had appraised the apex court about the Centre’s objections to consider ration cards as valid documents for proving citizenship in the state.
Meanwhile, in another incident under mysterious condition, dead body of a woman was found in Monakocha refugee camp on Friday in Chirang district. The woman has been identified as Lajja Khatun.
According to the eye witness and other refugees of the camp, Khatun has committed suicide due to the mental pressure of being a D voter. There was a case running in the foreign court against her.
It is to be noted that doubtful voter is a category of voters in Assam who are disenfranchised by the government on the account of their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials. “The D voters are determined by special tribunals under the Foreigners Act, and the person declared as D voter is not given the elector’s photo identity card.”