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Assam citizens’ list just a draft, can’t take action against people whose names are missing: Supreme Court

The names of around 40 lakh of 3.29 crore applicants were missing from the Supreme-Court mandated final NRC draft published on Monday.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2018 15:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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People wait in a queue to check their names on the final draft of the Assam's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at an NRC Seva Kendra, in Morigaon.(PTI Photo)

Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a draft and “no coercive action” should be taken against people whose names were excluded, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court allowed the Union government to draft rules for dealing with the claims and objections of 40 lakh people who were excluded from NRC, which was published on Monday.

Government officials on Monday said no one will be deported or arrested based on the draft and a complete list would be published only after citizenship claims are settled.

Work on the NRC was first carried out in 1951 by enumerate citizens, their houses and holdings. The list was updated to weed out illegal immigrants as per a provision of the Assam Accord signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against Bangladeshis.

Thousands of central forces are in Assam to prevent any unrest over the new draft list. The state has been divided into zones to be monitored by senior police officers. The security forces are also keeping a tab on social media to check spread of hate messages, a senior police officer said. Neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have increased security along their borders fearing an influx from Assam.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 15:05 IST