Infiltrators threat to Mera Bharat Mahan

  • Kudos to CM Sonowal for updating NRC

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, July 30: The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), released on Monday, has enlisted 2.89 crore as Indian citizens of total 3.29 crore who had applied. And some 40-41 lakh of Assamese technically excluded from the list.

NRC coordinator Sailesh, who released the final draft, emphasised that “this is just a draft, and not the final list. The people who are not included can make claims and objections”.

The publication spread high tension across the state prompting Assam Police to remain alert while leaves of all state Govt employees have been cancelled while Facebook and Google are backing Assam’s bid to counter the ‘anti-NRC’ campaigns.

Tightens security at

all entry point: CM

Meanwhile, anticipating fallout due to publication of final NRC draft, Arunachal Pradesh Govt tightened security along the inter-state boundary.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today directed chief secretary and the DGP to ensure deployment of sufficient personnel at all entry-points of the state to thwart any possible influx of illegal immigrants into the state.

As the state shares about 804.1 km boundary with Assam, the GoAP apprehended that many people from Assam, especially who have not been enlisted in the NRC draft, may try to influx into Arunachal fearing deportation. Extra vigilance is needed at all entry points along Assam-Arunachal boundary, the CM’s direction said.

As Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1875 restricts entry of non-Arunachalee citizens without an ILP, Khandu instructed for strict checking at all entry check gates, besides airports, heliports and Naharlagun railway station to verify identity of visiting people.

“It is the duty of security personnel manning the entry-points to check ILPs of people entering the state at all times. However, caution has to be maintained by remaining  extra vigil at least for one month from today due to draft NRC publication,” Khandu observed.

Though Arunachal Pradesh has no connection with Assam NRC exercise, Arunachal should remain prepared for any eventuality, the CM said and asked state home department to be ready to tackle any law and order situation. (PRO)

However, the state administration fully prepared anticipating untoward incidents has kept the Army on standby, over 22,000 paramilitary troops have been sent by the Centre to Assam and adjoining states.

However, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday has said that “no one will be treated as a foreigner if his or her name does not appear in the NRC draft” and that anyone whose name doesn’t feature on the final list will have “ample opportunity” to prove their eligibility for inclusion in the final said that The NRC is the “biggest safeguard” for Assam and its people, assuring that genuine citizens who do not make it to the draft will be able to seek legal redress in multiple stages right up to the SC.

NRC is considered a solution to this four-decade-old imbroglio as influx of people from Bangladesh besides ‘illegal immigrants’ into Assam have been an emotive and political issue since decades.

The NE India North East India comprising Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura and spread in 262,230 sqkm area, almost 8% of India’s total geographical area is one of the largest salient (panhandle) in the world.

The NER in liked with rest of India through 21X40 km width stretch, known as Chicken Neck or Siliguri Corridor in West Bengal and  shares  5,182-km international border with Bhutan (455-km); Nepal (97-km); China’s Tibet  Autonomous Region  (1,395-km); Myanmar 1,640-km) and Bangladesh (1,596-km). This clearly proves sensitivity of NER and its bearing on national security.

Tripura is best example as it underwent total demographic change. The Hindu population in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) was 25.6% during partition, but got reduced to 14% in 1991 and came down to 7% in 2013 due to their continuous infiltration into Tripura. The 2011 Census of Tripura had recorded 36,71,032 population,  including 3,28, 870 Muslims.

“Both the Assamese- and Bengali-speaking Hindus in Assam’s Barak Valley and the Brahmaputra basin were in danger due to infiltration from Bangladesh. The demographic balance in these areas was on the verge of being altered and the Hindus in the state should unite to resolve the issue”, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy had said while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a conference on border security at Kolkata on 10.02.18

“The situation in the Barak Valley is as such that if the (demographic) balance changes it will be difficult to keep Barak Valley in India. The Assamese- and Bengali-speaking Hindus in Assam have to unite in their struggle against the threat,” he had said.

Insurgency made inroads into NER through this porous international border so also drugs from Golden Triangle and the largest seizure by Changlang DC Y D Thongchi  (Apr 98-May 2001) of 99 kg of charas (Drug) during 1998 assembly polls when Rs 1 crore/per kg was rate in global had stirred the entire nation.

It is worth mentioning here that Lt Gen. (retd) Srinivas Kumar Sinha, who had served Assam as governor during September 01.09.97 to 04.06.03, had stirred the hornets’ next after media had leaked his letter written to then President K.R. Narayanan in November 1998 on the influx from Bangladesh threatening to reduce the people of Assam to a minority in their home state. His observation had given a fresh impetus to the growing demand to bring an end to influx.

Unlike his other counterparts, Lt Gen. Sinha was not content to live in the silent shadows of Raj Bhavan as he used to issue statements and made public speeches that had generated intense debate on issues, like influx. He took over Assam’s reign when the ULFA and other militant groups were causing mayhem in the state.  But Lt Gen. Sinha, being former vice-chief of army staff, had guided the campaign against insurgency under the unified command structure and succeeded in bringing it under control.

But, the true friend of Assam or NER was not tolerated by political bosses who had ensured his transfer (to Jammu and Kashmir). Assam is lucky as its son CM Sonowal has replicated the role of Lt Gen. Sinha to receive his blessings from the heaven.

The NRC updating may have temporary political and social ramification but those who boast themselves as Indians would salute nationalist Sonowal as his action would ensure India’s internal security threatened by external forces entering this nation through  influx. All NGOs and civil society organizations should stand by present Assam Govt led by CM Sonowal as India’s security would ensure security of every citizen.

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