NRC Final List 2019: Two FIRs Lodged Against Assam Coordinator Prateek Hajela For 'Exclusion' of Names
NRC Assam coordinator Prateek Hajela (Photo Credits: IANS)

Guwahati, September 5: Two FIRs have been lodged against Assam coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC) Prateek Hajela over alleged discrepancies in the final list. While one FIR was lodged against Prateek Hajela in Guwahati by All Assam Goria Moria Yuva Chatra Parishad, which represents some indigenous Muslims of Assam, the other FIR was filed by an individual in Dibrugarh district. NRC Final List 2019: What Next For Assam Residents Whose Names Not Included in National Register of Citizens.

"The FIR was lodged against Hajela for intentionally excluding the names of genuine Indian citizens from the NRC," a police officer of Latasil police station in Guwahati, where one of the FIRs was lodged, told news agency IANS. The All Assam Goria Moria Yuva Chatra Parishad termed the final list of NRC flawed and alleged that genuine Indian citizens were excluded. The outfit also demanded an inquiry and a re-verification of the NRC. NRC Final List 2019 Goes Live at And, How to Check Names Online in National Register of Citizens For Assam.

The Assam government had published the final list of NRC on August 31. The list excluded names of over 19 lakh people from different religions, linguistic and ethnic affiliations, triggering large-scale unhappiness over the document. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), however, has clarified that non-inclusion of a person's name in the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam does not amount to his or her being declared a foreigner.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had vowed to implement NRC across the country, also expressed unhappiness over the final list. Ally of the BJP-led government in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) demanded a re-verification of the documents submitted by the people during the NRC updation process.

While the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has vowed to approach the Supreme Court seeking remedy for this, the ruling BJP has also expressed its unhappiness over the issue saying that the NRC had included names of foreigners and excluded names of genuine Indian citizens.

The first part of the draft NRC, called Part Draft NRC, was published in December, 2017 and included the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants, leaving 1.30 crore out. The final draft of the NRC contained 2.9 crore names, while 40.07 lakh were excluded.