AABHA urges Modi for humanitarian consideration of Bengali Hindus in NRC update

Silchar, August 11: A memorandum was submitted to Prime Ministeer Narendra Modion Monday by All Assam Bengali Hindu Association (AABHA) urging upon him to take steps against the harassment being faced by Bengali Hindus in the ongoing NRC update process. The memorandum stated that despite the assurances given by Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP, during his recent visit in the state that Hindu Bengalis who had to flee Bangladesh, erstwhile East Pakistan, due to religious persecution will be provided Indian citizenship. He also said that a Bill will be enacted for the purpose of rehabilitating Bengali Hindu refugees.
But shockingly, the Government of Assam has sent many Bengali Hindus to detention camps on suspicions of being illegal migrants over the past one week. It is to be noted that all of them possess legacy data and voter ID cards. It is really shocking that contrary to the commitments of national leaders and due legal procedure, Bengali Hindus are being targeted for deportation to Bangladesh by the state administration. According to information, it has been learnt that around 2 lakh Bengali Hindus in the state are listed as ‘D’ voters by the administration and might face deportation.
The memorandum said the ‘D’ voter issue has become a matter of serious concern as it is being particularly used against the Bengali speaking Hindu community of the state. The AABHA members strongly condemned the harassment of Bengali Hindus in the name of ‘D’ voters. They requested the Prime Minister to look into the matter and take positive actions to protect the linguistic Bengali Hindu minority residing in Assam. The memorandum was signed by Biresh Banerjee, president, Pradip Misra, vice president, Basudeb Sharma, general secretary, and Rathindra Nath Saha, organizing secretary, of AABHA. A copy of the memorandum has been sent to Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police (Border) of Cachar. (Source:SentinelAssam)

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