New Delhi: If Assam successfully implements National Register of Citizens (NRC), Tripura will also follow the suit, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. He, however, asserted that the decision to implement the NRC will be taken by the Union Home Ministry and the central government. “If the Centre passes a law or act to implement NRC, I will go for it,” Deb added.
“Everybody is waiting and watching what is happening in Assam, including the central government, the Supreme Court and people of India, let it happen. After finalisation of the whole process and if it is implemented successfully in Assam, we will bring NRC in Tripura and all states will also go for it,” Deb said, while speaking at a media event on Saturday. (Seven Rohingya Refugees Deported to Myanmar After SC Refuses to Interfere With Centre’s Decision)
Millions of Bangladeshi immigrants are suspected to be living illegally in Assam and other north-eastern states, and the NRC is an exercise to identify them as well. The final draft of the NRC, released on July 30, created a furore, as it left out some 40 lakh people.
Earlier, BJP President Amit Shah had said that the NDA government has begun the process of sending back illegal refugees to their native countries. “Our government will identify each and every infiltrator and ensure they are out of the voters’ list. In fact, we have started the process to deport the Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar,” the BJP chief had said at an ex-soldiers convention in Sikar.
Meanwhile, Rohingya refugees staying at a camp in the national capital have requested the Narendra Modi-led Central government not to deport them to Myanmar as they fear for their lives. Claiming that they don’t want to return to their country until there is peace, one of them claimed that the ‘seven Rohingyas who were deported will be killed very soon‘.
Notably, the statement by Rohingya refugees came two days after India on Thursday, for the first time, deported seven Rohingya immigrants, who were staying in Assam illegally, to their country of origin Myanmar.