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Security has been tightened across India's northeastern state of Assam as millions discovered they were at risk of deportation following the release of the federal government's controversial citizens list.

The Supreme Court today made it clear that no action shall be taken pursuant to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Hundreds of thousands of people fled what was then East Pakistan in the 1970s, most settling in Assam. We believed NRC should be firmly implemented when we were in opposition and saying the same now.

BJP president Amit Shah, addressing a press conference after the Rajya Sabha witnesses tumultuous scenes over the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue, expressed surprise that "no party mentioned that the list published on Monday is just a draft and not the final list". It said New Delhi has not once in the 48 years of Bangladesh's existence ever raised the issue of undocumented migrants with Dhaka.

Bench says authorities will have to comply with the legal process in the Citizenship Act, instructs Attorney General to lay down fair procedure.

Shah said former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi signed the "Assam Accord" on 14 August, 1985, after the movement in the state went out of control leading to death of some protesters.

Her elder son Moidul Islam, a second year MBBS student at Barpeta Medical College, said though they are yet to be told why his mother's name is missing, he suspected that the panchayat certificate she submitted to prove the link with her father could have been rejected.

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The list, which India's census chief released on Monday, excluded those unable to prove they or their parents arrived before March 1971 when Bangladesh was created. They settled in Assam, which borders the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south and is home to several rebel groups.

Sailesh did not provide a break-up of people who had failed to make to the draft list. The Complete Draft NRC with his photo states Paresh Baruah's birthplace as Chakalibhoria village (also known as Jeraigaon) in the Chabua area of upper Assam's Dibrugarh district and date of birth as February 15, 1957, the brother said.

He said that no country can function if it keeps on allowing infiltrators. But the NRC told India's top court this month that it would drop 150,000 people from that list - a third of them married women - mainly because they had provided false information or inadmissible documents.

Political activists in Assam say most of those are Bengali-speaking Muslims.

The apex court directed the Centre to place the SOP before it for approval and said it should be fair and giving reasonable opportunity to contest exclusion. It's the Congress which laid the foundation of the NRC but they didn't had the courage to deal with illegal infiltrators.

"The NRC will not affect the genuine rights of Indian citizens". We will not let this happen.


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