Massive influx of illegal immigrants in districts like Pakur, Jhamtara, Sahebganj and Godda and fears of an ISI-backed “jihad corridor” prompt state to wake up and initiate measures
Aiming to flush out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants on lines of Assam, Jharkhand is also planning to have a National Register for Citizens.
"We are also thinking about having a citizen’s register and a team led by senior superintendent of police (Special Branch) Dhananjay Singh has been sent to Assam to study the way that state is carrying out the exercise,” a senior source in the Jharkhand government told MyNation, requesting anonymity.
The step was being considered by the state in view of the huge influx of illegal Bangladeshis in several districts including Pakur, Jhamtara, Sahebganj and Godda, the official said.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains names of Indian citizens of Assam and the list was prepared in 1951. The state restarted the exercise after the BJP government came to power there.
The Jharkhand government initiated the step after receiving a large number of complaints about Bangladeshis entering its territory and even buying land belonging to the state’s tribals.
Local BJP leader and member of the BJP’s national executive (Farmer's Morcha) Binay Kumar Singh said, “Moving towards a citizens’ register is a very important step. Especially because Bangladeshis — and I'd argue even some Rohingya Muslims — are being settled in Jharkhand as a systematic plan to set up a jihadi corridor in the state.”
In all, 13 districts of Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar are alleged to part of ISI-backed plans to set up a "jihadi corridor".
The NRC updation of 2014–2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the electoral rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up that date, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.
The NRC (1951) and the electoral rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, together are called Legacy Data.
There is a lot of opposition to the NRC exercise in Assam mostly from Muslim groups who were likely to be the worst affected by the exercise as a large number of them have come allegedly from Bangladesh over the years after Independence and creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
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Last Updated Jul 27, 2018, 2:46 PM IST