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80 Lakh Foreigners, Including Jihadis, Marked ‘Legal’ in NRC: Assam Public Works

New Delhi, February 18, 2020:

Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) six years ago, has claimed that 80 lakh foreigners, including several ‘jihadis’ have been marked “legal” in the citizenship exercise.

It has urged the Supreme Court to halt the process until 100 percent re-verification is done.

Talking to Inside Northeast, APW President Aabhijeet Sharma said, “We have submitted an affidavit to the apex court yesterday. We have named as many as four jihadis who have been included. We demand an NIA, ED and CBI inquiry into the matter. Moreover, we want to urge the Supreme Court to suspend the process until 100 re-verification is done.”

Aabhijeet Sharma’s demand of investigating the NRC matter at the highest levels has brought back Assam’s citizenship exercise to filter the illegal Bangladeshi residents in the state.

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It may be mentioned here that Sharma, in his press statement, raised his concerns regarding the matter. “There are many empty agricultural lands being transformed overnight into populated villages especially in the Barkhetri Assembly Constituency of Nalbari District in the lower Assam region. The situation is getting even worse as time passes by, because the district authority cannot even take the required steps to control the sudden rush. In Sipajhar too, there is the similar phenomenon to be seen, where 182 Bighas of agricultural land being converted into newly constructed villages,” he wrote.

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He added, “The fundamental reason behind these kinds of lawlessness created by a selected group of people is the nothing but the NRC. Not only that, the NRC even included with the names of Jehadis. Lately arrested Jihadis, Azharuddin (NRN 101830302021048301267), Ranjit Ali (NRN 101830202015157900632), Luit Jamiul Jamal (NRN 1018302020151557400094), Muqaddir Islam (NRN 1018302020151557400094) etc. are legalized Indian citizens through the NRC. We have been recurrently applying to the concerned authorities regarding these grave issues.”

Aabhijeet Sharma reiterated that APW would not stop at anything. “We will continue to raise this issue till all the discrepancies regarding the NRC are settled, and all the people who earned money in a corrupt manner must be punished,” he said.

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