New Delhi: Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a draft and “no coercive action” should be taken against people whose names were excluded, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court allowed the Union government to draft rules for dealing with the claims and objections of 40 lakh people who were excluded from NRC, which was
published on Monday.
Government officials on Monday said no one will be deported or arrested based on the draft and a complete list would be published only after citizenship claims are settled.
Work on the NRC was first carried out in 1951 by enumerate citizens, their houses and holdings. The list was updated to weed out illegal immigrants as per a provision of the Assam Accord signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against Bangladeshis.
Thousands of central forces are in Assam to prevent any unrest over the new draft
list. The state has been divided into zones to be monitored by senior police officers. The security forces are also keeping a tab on social media to check spread of hate messages, a senior police officer said. Neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have increased security along their borders fearing an influx from Assam.