Silchar, June 28: Former Katigorah legislator Ataur Rahman Mazarbhuiya on Wednesday alleged “some elements were conspiring to deny citizenship to Bengalis of Barak Valley” using the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update.
Speaking at a convention organised by Citizens’ Rights Protection Co-Ordination Committee here, he said, “There will be a maelstrom if our patience is tested anymore. Those taking our silence as a weakness are mistaken.”
Mazarbhuiya said 11 martyrs had sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language many years ago and a similar movement might be launched for the Bengalis’ rights and existence. He demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation for the harassment meted out to people during the NRC verification.
Committee member Kishore Bhattacharjee said, “The day is coming when we all have to hit the streets to fight for our citizenship and survival. A combined voice is the need of the hour.”
He suspected that names of nearly 15 lakh people of the Barak Valley could be missing from the NRC and they plan to move the Supreme Court on this. Committee chairman Tapodhir Bhattacharjee said, “We do not know what will happen after 72 hours (when the final NRC draft is gets published). Dark clouds are hovering over the people of this valley. We are not against Assamese people but we are against a section trying to establish cultural aggression.”
Karimganj North Congress legislator KD Purkayastha said the NRC process had created trouble for the people. The matter is sensitive and may lead to turmoil if not dealt with in a proper manner, he added. (TTNE)
Assam Excise & Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, the only Minister from Barak Valley, said the NRC update is being carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court and the names of all genuine citizens would definitely be included.
Committee members Sadhan Purkayastha, Sanat Koiri and Madhusudan Kar attended the convention.