The decade long struggle by the agitating groups of Assam demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants will apparently see a ray of hope as the countdown for the final list of the National Register of Citizens(NRC) has officially begun. The NRC which is slated to be published on August 31st, 2019 will identify the bonafide citizens of the state.
Ahead of the final publication the Assam police have taken up adequate security measures to avoid any possible attempt to create unrest in the state. The district chiefs are taking necessary steps to maintain the law and order situation in their respective areas. Apart from this a police team is keeping a hawk eye at the social media handles including Facebook and Twitter so that there are no instigating messages or rumours about the NRC.
Apart from this, Section 144 CrPC have been clamped in a number of vulnerable areas of the state, including in the capital city of Assam. The prohibitory orders restricts assembly of more than five persons, agitation, demonstration, procession inciting communal violence to name a few.
The steps have been taken by the respective district administrations to maintain peace and tranquillity among the people.
On August 29th, 2019 the Assam police appealed the people not to believe in rumours which might inflict hate and trigger panic among the people. Sharing a 5-point advisory they wrote, ‘The Goverment has ensured adequate safeguards for people whose name may not appear in the Final NRC. Don’t believe rumors, as some elements are trying to create confusion in society. Safety of citizens is our top priority,’.
Similarly, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on August 22nd, 2019, also appealed the people of the state not to panic after the publication of the final NRC in case of missing their names. “People of the state had extended peaceful cooperation during the publication of the partial NRC draft and the final NRC draft,” the CM was quoted as saying.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. The NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons.