Guwahati: A resident of Ulubari (Ghagra) in Udalguri district of Assam allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the wee hours of Sunday. As per reports, the deceased, Dipak Debnath (49), had been running from pillar to post to prove his citizenship and was under severe depression after being served with a D-voter notice.
Incidentally, Debnath’s name was listed in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as well as in the 1971 electoral rolls.
D voter, sometimes also referred to as a doubtful voter, is a category of voters in Assam who are disenfranchised by the government on the account of their alleged lack of citizenship credentials. The D voters are determined by special tribunals under the Foreigners Act, and the person declared as D voter is not given a voter’s identity card.
The incident invited the wrath of locals who gathered in large numbers following the incident and raised slogans against the state and central governments.
Meanwhile, Shyamal Sarkar, advisor of the the All BTC Bengali Youth Students’ Federation (ABBYSF), has alleged that the NRC update process and D-voter notice have been a nightmare for many genuine citizens of state.
Sarkar further alleged that the state government has adopted political conspiracy against the Bengali Hindus and even the pro-talk ULFA leaders are being roped as a part of strategy. He also threatened to launch massive protest rallies against the government if the genuine Bengali Hindus and Muslims are arbitrarily subjected to undue harassment in the suspicion of being foreigners.
Terming the incident an unfortunate one, Kamal Chowdhury, president of the All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation (AABYSF), lamented the fact that the Bengali Hindus are allegedly being subjected to harassment by the government machinery. He demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh or a government job to the next of the kin of the victim.
Meanwhile, talking to EastMojo, Udalguri SP Rajveer Singh said that no suicide note was found by the police from the deceased. “We are looking at all angles in the case. We are investigating into the matter. It is too early to rule out anything,” he added.