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Runaway youth declared ‘foreigner’ in Assam Found four years later in a detention camp!

A few years ago, when he was just a teenager, Amit, son of Arabinda Basu, fell into some bad company and took to alcohol. This enraged his father and one day when Arabainda caught Amit red-handed, the father beat up the son. This caused Amit to run away from home. It was only recently discovered…

Shocking! Flood-affected people sent ‘foreigner’ notice in Assam The four women and one man hail from villages that are under 7-8 feet of water!

In yet another example of institutional apathy for human suffering, five people from the flood-hit Dhalpur village in Darrang district of Assam have been sent notices to appear before a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) in Mangaldoi to defend their Indian citizenship. “The region is presently submerged under 7-8 feet of water forcing people to vacate their…

CJP helps secure release of Bihari man dubbed Bangladeshi in Assam! Lalit Thakur had been languishing in a detention camp since October 2016

Lalit Thakur has had an eventful life. He was a barber from Bihar whose family had moved to Assam. Then he lost his home during ethnic clashes in the state. But never in his life did the 58-year-old expect to be declared a ‘foreigner’ in his own country and sent to a detention camp! After…

The night Parbati came home A look at how an old woman was dubbed a ‘foreigner’ and forced to spend over three years in a detention camp!

Across India, especially in its Eastern parts, the homecoming of goddess Durga is celebrated with much enthusiasm by Bengali Hindus as the annual Durga Puja festival. One of the 108 avatars of the goddess is named Parvati often pronounced Parbati in these parts. So, when 73-year-old Parbati Das came back home from a detention camp…

CJP in Action: Two men released from detention camp after CJP intervention CJP helped organize advocate, documentation and communication with authorities

In a huge relief for two men from Assam, CJP has helped secure their release from a detention camp. Brothers Samsul Ali (67) and Abdur Rashid (60) had been lodged in the Goalpara detention camp for over three years. Both hail from Village no. 2 Goraimari that falls under the jurisdiction of the Panbari police…

I live on the streets and sleep under the stars: Anjaan Musafir 2.0 Another Assam man on the run after being declared ‘foreigner’

Last year, we brought you the story of Anjaan Musafir, a daily wage labourer from Guwahati who has been on the run for over 20 years after being served a D Voter notice. During our visit to Assam in June 2019, we met yet another man who fled his home fearing incarceration in one of Assam’s infamous…

असम के डिटेंशन कैंप में क़ैद 70 वर्ष की महिला शायद रिहाई तक जीवित न रह सके CJP के प्रतिनिधिमंडल ने महिला के पुत्र से मुलाकात की, जो अपनी बीमार माँ की रिहाई के लिए जद्दोजहद कर रहा है

जून 2019, CJP वरिष्ठ वकीलों और पत्रकारों के एक प्रतिनिधिमंडल के साथ असम में ज़मीनी हालात का जायज़ा लेने पहुंची। चिरांग जिले के बिजनी गाँव में, हमारी मुलाकात बिस्वनाथ दास से हुई, जिसकी 70 वर्षीय माँ, पारबती, कोकराझार के डिटेंशन कैंप में 2 साल 8 महीने से क़ैद हैं। हमने बिस्वनाथ को बताया कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट…

Gauhati HC order on Siblings and family members of Declared Foreigners

असम में FT ने 63959 लोगों की गैरमौजूदगी में उन्हें विदेशी घोषित किया गृह मंत्रालय द्वारा FT और डिटेंशन कैंप से जुड़ा चौका देने वाला खुलासा

लोकसभा के समक्ष एक चौंका देने वाला खुलासे में गृह मंत्रालय ने यह स्वीकार किया है कि FT की सुनवाई में शामिल हुए बिना ही लगभग साठ हजार से अधिक लोगों को विदेशी घोषित किया गया है। गृह मंत्रालय ने काँग्रेस नेता शशि थरूर के छह सवालों का जवाब देते हुए यह बात कही। गृह मंत्रालय में राज्य…

Assam Detention Camps: 70 year old woman might not live long enough to be released CJP delegation meets son who makes passionate plea to set ailing mother free

In June 2019, CJP led a delegation of eminent lawyers and journalists to Assam to take stock of ground realities. During our visit to Bijni in Chirang district we met Biswanath Das whose 70 year old mother Parbati has been languishing in the Kokrajhar Detention Camp for over 2 years and 8 months. We informed…

Tubuki village in Kampur Tehsil of Assam’s Nagaon district

“They came late at night demanding our fingerprints”: Three Sisters of Tubuki The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

Something insidious is underway in Tubuki village in Kampur Tehsil of Assam’s Nagaon district. Border Police personnel are allegedly going to people’s homes late at night demanding fingerprints! Three women from this village have alleged that officers of the Border Police came to their homes after dark, asked them to provide fingerprints and left after…

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