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FIRs lodged against Assam NRC coordinator for ‘discrepancies’ in the final list

Complaint was lodged against the state coordinator at Guwahati’s Latasil police station on Tuesday, claiming “deliberate” anomalies in the final list.

SNS | New Delhi |

Two FIRs have been lodged against Assam Coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC), Prateek Hajela, for “discrepancies” in the final updated list, police said on Thursday.

A lawyer and indigenous Muslim students’ organisation, All Assam Goriya-Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AAGMYCP), filed separate FIRs against Hajela in Dibrugarh and Guwahati, they said.

Chandan Mazumdar, whose name does not figure in the final NRC list, filed the complaint against Hajela at Dibrugarh police station on Wednesday, police said. Mazumdar alleged that he had submitted all documents, but his name was not included in the updated NRC due to “inefficiency and criminal conspiracy of employees.”

The FIR held Hajela responsible for “discrepancies,” as he was tasked with supervising the updating of NRC in Assam. Another complaint was lodged against the state coordinator at Guwahati’s Latasil police station on Tuesday by the AAGMYCP, claiming “deliberate” anomalies in the final list.

“The names of many indigenous people were excluded from the list, and it was done deliberately by the NRC state coordinator,” the FIR filed by the students organisation said. The police, however, is yet to register a case based on the second FIR.

Hajela was not available for comments, as he has been barred by the Supreme Court from speaking to the media. A third complaint was also filed by NGO Assam Public Works (APW) at Guwahati’s Geetanagar police station against three declared foreigners, whose names figured in the final NRC, and against the NRC authorities of Morigaon, who were allegedly responsible for including their names.

The APW was the original petitioner in the Supreme Court, which led to the updating of the NRC six years ago.

A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, the NRC State Coordinator’s office had said on Saturday.

However, providing relief to people who did not make it to the final list of the NRC in Assam, those left out may get an extended period of time to approach a tribunal to prove their Indian citizenship as authorities are yet to start issuing certificates citing reasons for their exclusion from the list of Assam’s residents, officials said on Wednesday.

According to new guidelines issued by the Centre, an individual who has been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) can approach one of the 300 foreigners tribunals set up in Assam within 120 days beginning August 31.

The Assam government has declared that it will take all possible steps to help genuine Indians prove their citizenship and provide legal assistance to the poor. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also said that exclusion of anyone’s name from the NRC does not mean that the person has automatically become a foreigner as such a decision can only be taken by a foreigners tribunal after following the proper legal process.

(With inputs from agencies)