DIPHU, Nov 9 - The CPI (ML) Liberation Hills Party Committee and its allied organisations staged a dharna against detention camp deaths and other burning issues at Semson Sing Ingti Memorial Park, Diphu on Wednesday.
Addressing the media, CPI (ML) leaders stated that 25 persons had died in detention camps before the final NRC list was published. The party mentioned that two persons by the name Oulat Chandra Pal and Falu Das have died in the camps and their families refused to accept their bodies as a mark of protest. Family members stated that if the deceased persons were Bangladeshis, then the authority should find their relatives in Bangladesh and hand over the bodies to them or the authority should admit that they were Indian citizens killed by the Government in detention camps.
“Amit Shah insists that his Government will implement NRC all over India, forcing every Indian to submit documents proving that their ancestors were registered citizens and voters since 1951. Amit Shah insists that detention camps must be opened in every State and such camps are already under construction in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala,” the CPI(ML) stated.
The party further mentioned that many poor people in India are, more often than not, excluded from BPL lists, voter lists and AADHAR and it is impossible for them to provide documents dated back to 1951.
“Modi and Shah’s aim is to divide Indians on the basis of faith. But Citizenship Amendment Bill will ensure that if you are not a Muslim, you will be accepted as a “refugee” and can apply for Indian citizenship. That means, under NRC and CAB, Indians will be left with the choice of either dying in detention camps if a citizen is a Muslim, or being reduced from a citizen to the status of a refugee if he doesn’t belong to Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians” the party leaders stated.
The party also demanded the government to withdraw plans for all India NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill immediately and implement Article 244 (A) in the twin hills district of Assam. The party also demanded the authority to stop imposing of panchayati raj in the Sixth Schedule area.