The All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) on October 20th, 2019, demanded the government to institute a high-level committee to review the procedure in detecting foreigners.
“The procedure in detecting foreigners in Assam is full of errors. The system harassed many genuine Indian citizens so far. Many died in detention centres. So, we demand the government to institute a high-level committee to review the whole procedure so that no genuine Indian get harassment anymore,” Taison Hussain, president of the Tamulpur wing of the ABMSU said.
Besides, he condemned the government’s role in the death of ‘mentally unstable’ inmate of the Tezpur Central Jail cum detention camp Dulal Chandra Paul at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Paul was declared a foreigner in 2017 and since then he was staying at the Tezpur detention camp. The 64-year-old deceased was a resident of Alisinga in Sonitpur district.
It may be mentioned that the family members of the deceased had refused to receive the body of Paul until and unless the administration declares him a genuine Indian citizen.
Extending support to the family members’ decision, Hussain said, “We extend our full support to the family’s decision and urge the government to review the whole procedure.”
On October 14th, 2019, the All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad staged a three-hour-long road blockade in Dhekiajuli over the death of Paul. The body slammed the Assam government for ‘harassing’ the people of the Bengali community in the name of National Register of Citizens (NRC).
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