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In what may be a sheer example of failure of the Assam Government in instilling sense of security among common people on inclusion of name of genuine Indian citizens in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a sexagenarian identified as Gopal Das (65) purportedly under pressure to prove himself as an Indian citizen, committed suicide at Nislamari village under Tangla polic station in Udalguri district of Assam on Monday night.

Das, a daily wage earner was reportedly under acute mental trauma to prove his citizenship, despite having his name in the voters’ list of 1966.

His family members said he had received a notice from Foreigners Tribunal, Udalguri and was running from pillar to post to pay the lawyer’s fees where he already spent an amount of Rs.15,000.

They also claimed that he was worried that his name would not come up in the NRC.

Following the incident locals in large number gathered in the site of incident and raised slogans against the State Government.

“His body had been sent for post-mortem and investigations had begun,” said the police sub-inspector on duty.

The officer further said it was too early to link the suicide with NRC.

“The facts will come out only after proper investigation,” he added.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at:

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