Members of Gorkha community demonstrating at s sit-in-protest in Diphu in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district Credit: EastMojo image 

Diphu: Hundreds of members belonging to the Gorkha community under the banner of All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) and several other Gorkha organisations staged a two-hour-long sit-in protest at Diphu in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Friday.

As per sources, several Gorkha civil organisations from the hill district, including, AAGSU’s Karbi Anglong district unit, Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AGS), Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BHAGOP) and Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS) staged the massive demonstration in protest against the exclusion of a large number indigenous Gorkha people from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in Assam on August 31.

The 2-hour-long sit-in-protest was held under the banner of AAGSU’s Karbi Anglong district unit

Over hundreds of Gorkha people coming from both Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts on Friday unanimously participated in the sit-in demonstration and raised their voice against their alleged exclusion from the final NRC.

Besides submitting a memorandum in addressing the issue to Union home minister Amit Shah and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, protesters also shouted slogans against the state government and NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela.

Alleging errors in the recently released NRC in state, the protesters informed that besides the exclusion of over 1,000 Gorkhas, nearly 8000 Karbis and about 1,100 Dimasas were also excluded from the final list.

“We are staging the massive sit-in protest on behalf of all the indigenous communities, including the Karbis, Dimasas and Gorkhas, living in Karbi Anglong who are being excluded from the recently published final NRC,” a Gorkha activist said.

Another Gorkha agitator highlighted that despite providing legitimate documents including land tax papers and grazing tax papers at the NSKs to prove their credentials, their documents were allegedly rejected by the officials concerned.

“We have provided all our documents since 1963, including land tax papers, but they were rejected by officials at the NSKs,” he added.

Questioning the NRC update process in the state, the agitators further expressed that if indigenous tribes from the hill districts of the state like Karbis and Dimasas are excluded from the final list, then how will the government detect foreigners residing in the state.

Over 19 lakh people were excluded in the recently published NRC in Assam out of a total of 3.29 crore people who applied for inclusion of their names in the final list.

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