A 102-year-old man has been released from a prison in the North Eastern state of Assam. Despite being the person who was released from prison, having many documents proving India’s citizenship, a tribunal considered him a foreigner.
After order of Special Tribunal constituted to identify illegal immigrants, only such close to hundred people are detained after being declared ‘foreign’. Almost all of these are Bengali-speaking Muslims or Hindus.
Chandrada Das reached India in 1966 from Kamila district of East Pakistan. After having a few years in Tripura, he made his place in the Bark valley of Kachhar district of Assam.
After reaching India, the government had given Das a certificate of registration. Later, his name was included in the electoral roll.
Das’s lawyer Suman Chowdhury says, “Das was unable to vote in many elections because of his poor health and illness, after which he was deemed as a D-Voter or a suspect voter.” This process of treating slave as foreign or illegal immigrant It was the first step, however, after the inquiry, the EC’s employees rejoined their names on the voters’ list. But their case continued in the local police station, after which Not made for foreigners were sent to the tribunal. ”
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Chandrada Das had a registration certificate
In his order, the Tribunal considered Chandradar Das as foreign and police arrested him in March this year. He was sent to a custody camp operated within the Silchar jail.
After being in captivity for nearly three months, the slaves are now released on bail.
Suman Choudhury says, “These are serious violations of human rights. When the state decides to commit a crime on a person, it is the responsibility of the state to prove the crime. But under this law, you keep a person in custody and on your own You are given the responsibility of proving the citizen of India. There are many people like Das who suddenly came to know that he is not a citizen of India.
Due to over age, good deal with Chandrada Das was done in jail. But other people who have been detained as foreigners do not have such a good deal with them.
At present, work on making national citizenship register in Assam is underway. This is happening for the first time since 1951. The first National Citizenship Register was to be published on June 30 but due to the floods in the Barak valley, it will now be published late. Thousands of Bengali-speaking Hindus and Muslims are waiting for the distraction to be in this register of their names.
Along with this, the process of identifying foreigners has been going on for years. Special Foreign Identity Tribunals have been established in many districts and six custody camps are being operated within the jails.
The BBC has reported several times before such cases when the Indian citizen was described as a suspected voter. This is the first step towards determining a foreigner.
The Bengali-speaking Muslims and Hindus are facing the most problems. In the Barak Valley, which has been influenced by Bengali Bengalis and even in some areas of the Brahmaputra valley.
No jail code
“These detention centers have been set up within the jails,” says Santanu Naik, a consultant in the North-Eastern Linguistic and Racial Cooperation Committee. “Why should a foreign person be compelled to live in a normal jail, he is not a criminal, he is not a criminal. There is no jail code for the camps. How can this be run? ”
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Human rights advocate Abdul Batin Khandokar raises another issue, “You are keeping anyone in custody, but for how long? Will they be kept in custody throughout the age or will these so-called foreigners be sent to their country? The so-called foreign Bangladeshi are reported, but Bangladesh has already said that none of its citizens is in Assam, then where will these foreigners be sent? Will she be made nationless? ”
The National Human Rights Commission asked the human rights activist Harsh Mandar to prepare a report on the circumstances of these custodial camps. However, when the Commission did not take cognizance of his report, he had resigned from the commission.