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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…

CJP helps Assam man walk free after 12 years behind bars! Jabed Ali served two consecutive sentences; 10-years for an unrelated matter and 2 years in detention camp

67-year old Jabed Ali walked out of the Kokrajhar Detention Camp in Assam on July 22, 2020, after spending a total of over 12 years in captivity. He is the 33rd person to be released from a detention camp due to CJP’s efforts. This is his story. Jabed Ali, a daily-wage labourer, hails from Nilibari village that falls under the…

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…

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC

Ten new detention camps proposed in Assam Submission made before state assembly also says there are over one lakh each of Declared Foreigners and D-Voters in the state

In a submission made before the Assam Assembly on July 29, 2019, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industry and Transportation, revealed that as many as ten new detention centers are being planned across Assam, though the central government was yet to green-light the project. The submission was in response to a series of questions raised…

CJP steps in to defend citizenship of freedom fighter’s daughter in Assam Septuagenarian Seje Bala Ghosh's father was close associate of Chandrashekhar Azad

70-year-old Seje Bala Ghosh is in shock. This daughter of a freedom fighter and resident of North Bongaigaon (ward no 10) has been served foreigners’ notice by the Foreigners’ Tribunal of Bongaigaon, despite the fact that her name has been included in final National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on August 31, 2019!…

Family migrates from WB, son declared foreigner in Assam! Gauhati HC upholds Tinsukia FT’s order, does not accept land documents as proof

Even as the poor, the unlettered and the dispossessed worry about proving their citizenship in the absence of having proper documents, it turns out even when one has them there is no guarantee that they will be able to prove their case. Munindra Biswas learnt this the hard way. Now that the final NRC has…

Allegations of inclusion of ‘ineligible’ people in Assam NRC State coordinator seeks details from DRCRs of all districts

There appears to be no respite for people of Assam. Some are likely to suffer even though their names have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published in August last year. Now, in a letter addressed to all Deputy Commissioners and District Registrars of Citizens Registration (DRCR) of all districts,…

Hurdles in releasing detention camp inmates cause anxiety in Assam Amicus curiae Prashant Bhushan's report exposes plight of innocent people

There is widespread anxiety in Assam these days, and it has to do with two key issues; difficulties in releasing inmates who have completed three years in captivity, and the delay in issuing rejection order copies that can help those who have been left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC). Delays in…

Assam woman Declared Foreigner

Assam woman declared foreigner due to discrepancy in father’s name Gauhati HC upholds FT judgment

This is the story of Khairan Nessa a.k.a Moyran Nessa, a woman from Assam who was declared foreigner when an FT ruled that she was not the daughter of her ‘projected’ father. Her troubles began way back in 1998 when a case was registered against her under the provisions of the (now scrapped) IMDT Act.…

36 Years on, Survivors of Nellie Massacre suffer in perpetuity, 40% out of NRC CJP’s Assam State Co-ordinator, Zamser Ali reports from Nellie

CJP’s Team Assam received information that a large chunk of people in the village of Borbari—where the Nellie Massacre took place in 1983—have been excluded from the final NRC list; about 150 persons have been declared Indian in this village, but most of them (about 90%) of their names have not been included in the…

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