Assam: ‘Doing our best to detect & delete names of foreigners & D-voters’, says Hajela


GUWAHATI, August 5, 2018: On Saturday, NRC coordinator, Prateek Hajela had said that a section of declared foreigners and doubtful (D) voters may have managed to get their names enrolled in the draft NRC by changing their names and addresses. He said efforts were being made to detect them and delete their names from the final NRC.

Hajela told The Telegraph that a number of people belonging to these two categories were suspected to have resorted to fraud like tweaking their names, changing their addresses and using someone else's legacy data to get their names enlisted in the draft NRC.

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Names of nearly 200 suspected foreigners belonging to 39 families have been detected in the draft NRC in Morigaon district and steps have been taken to omit their names from the final NRC.

"Whenever any such cases came to our notice, rectification was done," Hajela said.

 The complete draft of the NRC containing 2.89 crore names out of 3,29 crore applicants was published on July 30. The names of over 40 lakh applicants did not figure in the draft.
Hajela said that what they have published is only a draft and their work will still continue. He added, "We are doing our best to detect and delete names of declared foreigners and D-voters from the draft. Our process will end only with publication of the final NRC," Hajela said.He, however, admitted that it will be a difficult task to identify each and every such name that got included in the draft. 

"Declared foreigners" are those pronounced "illegal migrants" by foreigners tribunals while D-voters are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for lack of proper citizenship credentials. Their cases are pending with the tribunals.

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In April, Gauhati High Court expressed concern over inclusion of one Ali Ahmed from Lahorighat in Morigaon district – who was declared a foreigner by a foreigners tribunal on November 22, 2011 – in the part draft of the NRC published on December 31, 2017.

Ahmed filed a fresh petition in the high court seeking review of the May 17, 2017, high court order upholding the tribunal's order against him.

Hajela told the court that Ahmed suppressed the order of the foreigners tribunal.

Source: The Telegraph
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