Assam NRC final draft released today: Security heightened statewide, 41 lakh names missing from list [Photos]
Assam released the final draft of the NRC today. With 41 lakh people left out of the list, the state has beefed up security at NRC centres.
Hundreds waited outside centres of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) as the government released the final draft of the list of "Indian citizens" on Monday. Reuters
The NRC was first released in 1951 to differentiate between illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, who came to India to escape persecution in their country, and residents of the state. Citizens of Assam were required to prove that their families lived in Assam before 24 March, 1971, a day before the Bangladesh Liberation War. Reuters
The final NRC draft that was released on Monday included the names of 2.89 crore people who had applied to have their citizenship verified. The list has left out 41 lakh people. Reuters
Several Bengali-speaking Muslims are likely to not find their names on the NRC, even though Assam has been their home for decades. Abdul Suban (pictured above) was categorised as a "doubtful voter" in the NRC. Reuters
The centre had deployed over 22,000 paramilitary forces in Assam to maintain law and order with the release of the NRC final draft. As many as 220 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been stationed at NRC centres. Reuters