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Assam NRC: Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Descendants of Freedom Fighter on Exclusion List

Names of the family members of an Assam Agitation martyr, Bajyanti Devi, were also also on the list.

The Assam unit of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) reportedly said on Sunday that names of many members of the gurkha community have been found on the additional exclusion list of the NRC published on June 26.

Sahitya Akademi award winner Durga Khatiwada’s name is also on the exclusion list, despite her father’s name being party of the 1951 NRC. BGP National Secretary Nanda Kirati Dewan told PTI, “Khatiwada holds 1951 NRC of his father as legacy. Although  names of all his family members’ have been included in the NRC, he has been excluded.”

Durga Khatiwada
Durga Khatiwada (Photo: Twitter/@sarbanandsonwal)

Family members of Bajyanti Devi, an activist of the 1975-1985 Assam Agitation movement that resulted in the formulation of the Assam Accord, have also been found their names on the exclusion list. “My daughter Bajyanti Devi was the first woman martyr of the Assam Agitation and I contested the Assembly election. But my daughter-in-law and two grandsons are in the additional exclusion list, which demeans her sacrifice,” 90-year-old Amar Upadhaya told The Hindu.

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Manju Devi, the great-granddaughter of freedom fighter and founder of the Congress party in the state, Chhabilal Upadhyay, has also been placed in the exclusion list, reported The Hindu.

“The Gurkhas came with the British soldiers to fight Burmese invaders and protect Assam in the 1820s. There are about 1,50,000 Gurkhas kept out of NRC and even those who are known to be living here for two centuries are being victimised,” Prakash Dahal, general secretary of BGP’s Assam unit told The Hindu. 

“Certified copies will be sought from the competent authority ascertaining the reason for exclusion and the matter will be taken before court as the BGP is a party in the Supreme Court on NRC hearing case where Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said that no Gurkhas should be left out of the NRC,” Dewan reportedly added.

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