Assam: Rashtriya Bajrang Dal calls for 12-hr shutdown against final NRC list

Assam: Rashtriya Bajrang Dal calls for 12-hr shutdown against final NRC list
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GUWAHATI | September 6, 2019:

The Assam unit of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal has called a 12-hour state-wide shutdown on Friday to press its demand for scrapping final NRC list published on August 31, its president Dinesh Kalita said. The shutdown will begin at 5 am, Kalita said on Thursday.

The Rashtirya Bajrang Dal is also demanding the preparation of a fresh citizens register with 1951 as the cut-off year instead of March 24, 1971 as in the case of NRC, he said in a statement.

"We demand constitutional safeguards for the indigeneous people of the state and granting of Indian citizenship to all Hindus who have come as refugees to the

country … We also demand that the names of all excluded indigeneous people of the state Be immediately included in the final NRC", he said.

"We are committed to ensure a Bangladeshi-free Assam", he added. Kalita urged the government to settle Hindu refugees who have come here after 1971 in different parts of the country.

He accused NRC State Coordinator, Prateek Hajela of conspiring to include names of several lakh Bangladeshis in the final NRC to make them valid Indian citizens.

Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, he said, has chalked out a series of agitational programmes like an indefinite hunger strike. It will also submit a a memorandum to the governor on their demands.

"We will continue with our agitation till the final NRC is scrapped", Kalita added. The Final NRC was released on August 31 with 19,06,657 of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants excluded.

(PTI)

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