Guwahati (Assam): The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the time for the filing of claims and objections in National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam from November 25 to December 15, 2018. All the people, who had been excluded from the NRC Assam final list, can now fill up their claim and objection forms till December 15. Not just this, the apex court also included five earlier excluded IDs to claim citizenship in Assam. Also Read - Coronavirus: 65-Year-Old Man Dies in Assam, First COVID-19 Casualty From State And Northeast
The five documents that have now been re-included: NRC 1951, citizenship certificate issued till 1966, ration card, refugee registration certificate, voters list issued till March 24, 1971. Permitting these five identity documents, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said the fear of an ineligible person getting into the NRC cannot be a ground for exclusion of genuine citizens. Also Read - After Opening Sweet Shops, Mamata Govt to Allow Home Delivery of Liquor During Lockdown
These fice documents were earlier objected to by state coordinator of NRC Prateek Hajela for filing claims and objections, expressing apprehension of misuse. The apex court has directed Hajela to undertake vigorous verification of the five documents that would be relied upon to file claims for inclusion in and objection to exclusion from the final draft NRC. Earlier, the top court had permitted only 10 documents that could be used to file claims and objections. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Bengal will give shelter to all those who have been wronged: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said that the state will give shelter to all those who have been wronged and face discrimination. She had earlier claimed that the BJP is discriminating against the bengalis and biharis in the NRC list.
“Bengal never bows down before anyone. The ruling party at the Centre has resorted to ‘Bengali Hatao’. This doesn’t happen in Bengal. Here we love Assamese, Bengalis, Biharis, refugees, backward classes, minorities, Nepalis as well as Hindi and Urdu speaking populace,” Banerjee said at a meeting during her two-day visit to north Bengal.