GUWAHATI, Sept 29 – India is now following America in economic matters but it is scared to follow that country in matters of dealing with foreigners and instead of taking strong action to deport illegal migrants, India is keeping its borders open to invite Bangladeshi nationals, alleged the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU).
Talking to The Assam Tribune, ABSU president Promode Boro alleged that the failure of the Government to detect and deport illegal migrants resulted in deterioration of the overall law-and-order situation in Assam as the presence of large number of of illegal migrants created social unrest.
Boro pointed out that the Central and State governments failed to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) even after 27 years of signing of the Assam Accord. He said that if the NRC is updated and photo identity cards are given to citizens on the basis of it, the social tensions in Assam would be reduced by a great extent.
The ABSU president said that some political parties and “intellectuals” are trying to create confusion on the issue of updating the NRC with confusing statements and such kind of actions would further delay the whole process. “Some people are expressing apprehension that genuine Indian citizens might be harassed during the process of updating the NRC. But they should remember that updating the NRC is not a social process but a legal and constitutional one.
Moreover, if the Government machinery has doubts on the citizenship of any person at the most his or her name would be referred to the Foreigners’ Tribunals. In Assam, a large number of innocent persons were killed in the name of counter-insurgency operations. If that is acceptable, why not minor harassment to Indian citizens in the process of updating the NRC, he questioned.
Boro said that the social unrest is harming all sections of people of the State and updating of NRC is a must to bring an end to the same.