In suspicion of being illegal immigrants, four persons including a couple were subjected to racial profiling by a mob in Lower Assam’s Baksa district.
The mob including members of the All Assam Students Union(AASU) allegedly harassed the four of them by inquiring if they were from Bangladesh and that if their names were included in the National Register of Citizens(NRC). After they could not produce the “desired” documents they were handed to the Goreswar police.
The four of them have been identified as Abdul Kayem Ali, Lalbar Ali resident of Sarthebari, Sadim Mishra and his wife Bimala Begum residents of Suwagpur.
The incident is dated back to the night of September 13th, 2019 when the four of them were on their way towards Bhulajhar from Guwahati in a pick-up truck. When the vehicle reached Mohoripara area, a few AASU members including locals stopped the vehicle and enquired about the identity of the passengers. The group after demanding their citizenship proof later handed them to the police.
However, the four of them were released after the police after a verification found that they were not illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, post the incident the Tamulpur unit of All Bodo Minority Students’ Union(ABMSU), has strongly condemned the act. “Just few days after the peaceful publication of the final list of NRC this incident, inflicting confusion among the people is very unfortunate,” said ABMSU.
The ABMSU further stated that the religious minorities should not be targeted by people of vested interest for their personal gains.