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The accused was arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an applicant on Thursday
The accused was arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an applicant on Thursday|Representational image
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Assam NRC state coordinator denies officials’ role in bribery case

Two officials from Ganeshguri help centre were nabbed on Thursday for allegedly demanding Rs 10,000 from an applicant to include her name in the final citizenship list

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Guwahati: The state coordinator’s office of National Register of Citizens (NRC) has denied the involvement of the two officials arrested in an alleged bribery case on Thursday. According to reports, two officials from the Ganeshguri NRC help centre demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 to include the name of an applicant in the final list.

Following a complaint by Kajari Ghosh Dutta, the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption nabbed Syed Shahjahan, 48, a field-level officer, and Rahul Parasar, 27, an assistant local registrar of citizen registration — both posted at the Ganeshguri centre of NRC in Dispur, Guwahati.

Shahjahan had allegedly asked Rs 10,000 from Dutta as bribe to correct some technical errors in her NRC application to be included in the citizenship list.

Meanwhile, the state coordinator of NRC said that anyone found involved in such illegal activities will be punished. “However, preliminary findings indicate that the NRC officials at Ganeshguri NSK of Dispur circle have no role to play in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of the claimant/complainant,” it said.

The statement said that hearing of the claimants has already been completed in May, 2019 at a venue far from Ganeshguri and “results of the hearing have also been recorded and received in Central Servers during the month of May itself.”

Further, it said that the Ganeshguri centre is not even a claims hearing venue, so any officials there cannot influence the inclusion or exclusion of any person in the NRC list.

The statement reassured that the “NRC update is strong enough to ensure quality and will remain unaffected even in case of complicity by any official. The public, therefore, need not get worried with such incidents insofar as quality of NRC is concerned”.

The NRC updating exercise are aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in Assam. The final draft which released in July, 2018 came out stirred a huge controversy where over 40 lakh people were excluded from the list.