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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and members of Hindu Kranti Dal on Wednesday took out a rally seeking error-free National Register of Citizenship (NRC) in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh.

The members holding banners and placards took to the streets of Dibrugarh, just days ahead of the publication of the important directory on August 31.

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The rally was part of the state-wide demonstration by the right wing students’ organization against alleged anomalies in the ongoing updating process of the NRC which is being carried out in Assam with the intention of weeding out illegal immigrants.

ABVP and Hindu organizations are holding rallies across Guwahati and other parts demanding error free NRC.

On Monday, ABVP took out a similar rally in Guwahati.

The protestors later sent a memorandum to NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela through the deputy commissioner seeking an error-free NRC.

“Serious anomalies and discrepancies have been detected in the ongoing NRC exercise in the State,” the protestors alleged.

“Genuine Indian citizens have been left out from the draft NRC while many illegal immigrants have been wrongfully included,” they had claimed.

“We demand the inclusion of names of all indigenous people and exclusion of all suspected foreigners,” the protestors added.

“We had no problem if the NRC final draft is published a month or two late but it should be 100 per cent genuine and correct,” said Dr Jaidev Gogoi, president of Dibrugarh district ABVP.

The Supreme Court has set August 31 as deadline for the final publication of the NRC.

Earlier the Supreme Court had extended the deadline for publication of the final National Citizens Register (NRC) for Assam by a month to August 31.

The apex court had also rejected the central and Assam government’s pleas to conduct 20 per cent sample re-verification of the draft NRC in areas bordering Bangladesh.

The original deadline was July 31.

Earlier Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday indicated that the government may explore legislative options to deal with the wrongful inclusion of some names in the NRC after its final publication.

Sonowal said the Assam government will ensure peaceful publication of the NRC on August 31 as mandated by the Supreme Court.

In July last year, over 40 lakh people were excluded from the complete draft of the NRC, which contained 2,89,83,677 eligible people out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants.

An additional 1,02,462 people were included in July 2019 in the list of excluded persons, taking the total ineligible persons to 41,10,169 in the complete draft of the document.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com

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