Security tightened as India puts millions at risk of deportation

Manipur government has intensified patrolling in the inter-state border and all entry check-posts, particularly in Jiribam district bordering Assam, in view of the publication of final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The list, which India's census chief released on Monday, excluded those unable to prove they or their parents arrived before March 1971 when Bangladesh was created.

He also charged the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of not showing the courage to identify and deport illegal immigrants from Assam as per an accord which was signed by erstwhile Prime Minister, late Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

Shailesh said appeals could be made under "well-laid-down procedures" from August 30.

When its first draft was published on 31 December, 2017, the NRC caused concerns in some sections of society since several names were missing from the list.

Work on it accelerated under the state and central governments of Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the exclusions from the list released on Monday have given ammunition to opposition parties to band together against Modi's re-election bid next year.

Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s. "We must behave responsibly and in a dignified manner", Naidu said while urging members to get back to their seats.

Sonowal said that they would be given a chance to prove their claim of citizenship, that none of the 4 million would be sent to a detention camp, and that "no one will be treated as a foreigner". Queries about documents that they submit from their home states will be verified in Assam.

Many residents of Assam have long protested against the presence of "foreigners", which include both Hindus and Muslims. "But the fact of the matter is that there is no illegal immigrant from Bangladesh in India".

About 2,000 suspected migrants were butchered in a single day in Nellie in 1983.

"More than 55,000 officers and employees devoted time to prepare an error-free NRC and ensure the exercise monitored by the Supreme Court and guided by the Registrar General of India is a success".

The list featured over 2.89 crore names out of almost 3.29 crore applicants in Assam.

"Indian home minister Rajnath Singh did not raise the issue during the talks with me", home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told The Independent on Friday night when his remarks were sought with regards to the NRC update and reference of Bangladeshis in the process. "Hence there is no need to panic", Singh said in the upper house of parliament. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee described it as a "conspiracy to throw out Bengalis and Biharis" from Assam.

Meanwhile, leaves of government employees in Assam have been cancelled by the state government till Aug 15, taking into account the occurrence of any emergency that might take place after the NRC publication.

Other groups must wait 11 years to become naturalised citizens.

  • Leroy Wright