NRC is meant to terrify Muslims: Teesta Setalvad

Hyderabad: A strange situation has been created in Assam with the deletion of more than 19 lakh in the final list of citizens whereas Govt. is getting ready to set up more detention centres in Kolpara, Kokraghar, Silchar, Dheerugarh etc.

Al Jazeera reported that the largest detention centre of the world is under construction in Assam.

NRC in Assam

The motive with which NRC was implemented in Assam by the Central Govt. is known to everyone. It is a fact that it was done to fulfil political motives. It was especially meant to target the Muslims who have been living there for many decades.

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The final NRC list which deleted more than 19 lakh persons contains most of the Bengali Hindus and poor labourers.

More than 13 lakh persons who speak Assamese and Bengali languages including Rajvanshi Gorkhas were refused citizenship.

After this strange situation, the supporters of NRC are in a deplorable position.

They criticized an IAS officer, Pratik Hajela who was in charge of NRC campaign.

He was transferred to MP immediately without assigning any reason.

Citizens for Justice and Peace

These thoughts were expressed by noted social activist, Ms. Teesta Setalvad, Secretary General of Citizens for Justice and Peace when she was addressing a special meeting at Siasat’s Mahboob Husain Jigar Hall yesterday.

Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily presided the meeting. Mr. Iftekhar Husain, Secretary, Faiz-e-Aam Trust and retired justice Mr. E. Ismail were the guests of honour.

Ms. Teesta Setalvad had perturbed the peace of mind of the then CM of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi and Home Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Amit Shah by raising voice against the communal riots of Gujarat which occurred in 2002.

She created terror among the civil and police officials of Gujarat by filing cases to get justice for the victims of communal riots of Gujarat.

NRC throughout the country

Continuing her speech, she told that Govt. of India is targeting the Muslims by implementing NRC throughout the country.

She said that there is no need for the Muslims, Dalits and Tribals to be afraid of NRC.

People should know that only those terrify others who have apprehension for meeting the consequences of the crimes they committed in the past.

She gave the details of the injustices done to the Muslims and the Hindus in Assam. She presented these statistics through a powerpoint presentation.

She told that the names of poor persons were omitted in Assam. Nobody provided guidance to them about the relevant documents to be presented to prove their citizenship.

She also informed that Rs. 60 thousand to Rs. 1.6 lakh was incurred per family for the preparation of documents and to bring them and their witness to the Tribunal.

Assamese sold out their properties in order to meet such expenses.

Ms. Teesta pointed out that since Assam is adjacent to Bangladesh, the whole process of NRC was given religious and linguistic tone.

Tracing out the history of the agitation organized in connection with the identification of foreign nationals between 1979 and 1985, she said that Rajiv Gandhi had entered into a pact with Assam Gana Parishad.

Under this pretext, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court upon which the SC asked the Govt. why was this accord not implemented?

From this point, the process of NRC begins.

More than PM Modi, Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah is making it an issue.

Now, the question arises where will the 19 lakh foreign national be kept.

The height of it that our brave soldiers like Mohammed Sanaullah, the relatives of the former President, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s relatives did not find their names in NRC.

She advised the residents of TS to keep all the relevant documents ready.

Mr. Zahid Ali Khan in his inaugural address told that a resolution would be drafted which will be sent to non-BJP states requesting them to pass resolutions for not implementing NRC.

Mr. Zahid Ali Khan also declared that for the residents of TS and AP, a helpline would be set up at Siasat for creating awareness for NRC and also to get the relevant documents prepared.

Earlier, Mr. Riaz Ahmed, Sub-Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily introduced Ms. Teesta Setalvad to the audience and conducted the meeting.

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