The 12-hour bandh called by the Assam unit of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal on September 6th, 2019 crippled life in many parts of the state. Protesters were seen burning tyres on the roads and chanting slogans against the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list.
The organization has called for the statewide Assam bandh to protest against the inclusion of illegal immigrants and the exclusion of Hindus from the final list of the NRC. The unit also demanded to scrap the final NRC list published on August 31st, 2019. They also demanded updation of a fresh citizens’ register with 1951 as the cut-off year instead of March 24th (midnight), 1971.
The bandh supporters in Nalbari district of Assam took to the National Highway 31 and burnt tyres. They were also seen shouting slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party and Supreme Court-appointed State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela.
A member of the organisation said, “We want justice for the bonafide citizens who were excluded from the final NRC list. They should be immediately included in the list as they are not foreigners. Hajela should take a stern decision on the final citizens’ register as many illegal immigrants were included in the list.”
The effect of the bandh was also seen in Dalgaon town of Darrang district as the roads wore a deserted look with busses and trekkers not plying on usual routes.
The locals in Dalgaon shared that they were facing difficulties to carry out their daily work due to the bandh. Shops, business establishments, private offices remained closed at the time of filing this report.
It may be mentioned that the Assam government on August 31st, 2019 published the final list of the NRC. A total of 3.11 crore people made it to the final list leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
Post the publication, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with other state lawmakers demanded re-verification of the documents.
Hajela informed that any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file an appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals.
It may be mentioned, the Gauhati High Court has declared bandhs and blockades illegal and unconstitutional and ordered the Home department to create a fund to recover losses during such agitations from the organisers.
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