The Assam unit of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal has called a 12-hour state-wide shutdown today, demanding scrapping the final NRC list published on August 31. It is also demanding the preparation of a fresh citizens register with 1951 as the cut-off year instead of March 24, 1971, as in the case of NRC.
Its president Dinesh Kalita urged the government to settle Hindu refugees who have come here after 1971 in different parts of the country. Furthermore, he accused NRC State Coordinator, Prateek Hajela of conspiring to include names of several lakh Bangladeshis in the final NRC to make them valid Indian citizens.
“We demand constitutional safeguards for the indigenous people of the state and granting of Indian citizenship to all Hindus who have come as refugees to the country … We also demand that the names of all excluded indigenous people of the state Be immediately included in the final NRC. We are committed to ensure a Bangladeshi-free Assam”, he said.
He asserted that Rashtriya Bajrang Dal has chalked out a series of agitational programmes like an indefinite hunger strike. It will also submit a memorandum to the governor on their demands. “We will continue with our agitation till the final NRC is scrapped”, Kalita added.