India could strip 4 million of citizenship in northeast region

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"No genuine Indian citizens need to worry as there will be ample opportunities given to them to enlist their names in the final list", he told a news conference in Assam's biggest city Guwahati.

"If the government has made a decision to brand us foreigners what can we do?" said the 60-year-old.

Authorities in the state have previously said the citizenship test was crucial to protect ethnic Assamese, many of whom have demanded removal of outsiders they accuse of taking jobs and cornering resources in the state of 33 million.

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In 1983, scores of people were killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.

"The NRC [National Register of Citizens] is trying to finish us off".

According to the tripartite accords signed in 1985 between All Assam Students' Union, and Assam and central governments, those who registered themselves as Indian citizens in the state on or before August 24, 1971, will be considered the Indian nationals.

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People can check their names through both offline and online methods at 2,500 NRC Seva Kendras (service centres) set up different parts of the state.

As many as 1.9 crore people were included as legal citizens of India in the first draft. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country. As per the two statutes, the eligibility status would be ascertained based on the NRC, 1951, Electoral Rolls upto 1971 and in their absence the admissible documents upto 24th March (midnight) 1971.

With the 2019 Lok Sabha polls now being the focus, the BJP is treading carefully with the NRC given the fact that the party drew flak in the northeast on the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2014 under which the centre wants to give citizenship to Hindu refugees who have come from neighbouring countries fearing religious attacks.

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This issue has triggered anti-foreigner agitation in the state. Some people may not have been able to submit necessary documents.

Hundreds of thousands of people from Bangladesh fled to India during the Bangladesh war of independence from Pakistan between March and December, 1971. They settled in Assam, which borders the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south and is home to several rebel groups. "Whatever is happening is under the supervision of the Supreme Court", Singh said.

Allegations of illegal movement of people from India's porous border with Bangladesh have triggered sectarian tensions between the state's indigenous population and Bengali-speaking Muslims. "I request the Centre that amendments be moved so that these 40 lakh people get to stay in Assam", he said.

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Singh also reiterated that people finding their names missing from the list could raise objections and appeals, and said that they would not be thrown into detention centers.

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