Marked ‘Foreigner’ In Assam’s NRC, ‘Humiliated’ Retired Teacher Commits Suicide
This is the third case of a person committing suicide after being excluded from NRC.
74-year-old Nirod Baran Das on Sunday, committed suicide after his name did not appear in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) published earlier this year. In the citizens’ register, Das was marked as a ‘foreigner’, whereas all his family members were included in the list.
Das, a retired teacher-turned-lawyer, was found hanging in his room at his home in Assam’s Mangaldoi by his family members, reported NDTV.
In his suicide note, Das wrote that he decided to take the drastic step to “escape the humiliation of being marked as a foreigner after the NRC process.”
Das’ family said he was upset when a local NRC processing centre informed him that he had been marked a ‘foreigner’. Das had also recently received a notice from the Foreigners’ Tribunal.
A students’ group on Monday called for a day-long shutdown to protest against Das’ exclusion from NRC. Schools, colleges, markets, shops, banks and private offices remain closed in north-central Assam’s Kharupetia town.
Das’ family has also demanded action against the NRC centre for marking him a ‘foreigner’.
This is the third case where distressed individuals committed suicide after being excluded from NRC. Published on July 30, the NRC ‘final draft’ excluded around 40 lakh people.