NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela faces FIR for ‘discrepancies’ in final citizens’ list
The Assam police on Thursday said it has registered two cases against National Register of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator Prateek Hajela and other unidentified officials for alleged “discrepancies” in the final NRC list published on August 31.
Nearly two million people have been left off the list as part of an exercise to check illegal immigration.
The police said a businessman and indigenous Muslim students organisation — All Assam Goriya-Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AAGMYCP) — filed separate FIRs against Hajela in Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
Guwahati police commissioner Deepak Kumar said, “We have registered a case on Thursday under sections 167, 506 and 34 of the IPC after a complaint from an organisation.”
In its complaint, the indigenous organisation alleged that “even when people had correct documents NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela intentionally excluded the names of Goriya, Moriya and many indigenous sons of the soil”.
In Dibrugarh, the police registered a case against Hajela and other NRC officials on the complaint of businessman Chandan Mazumdar, who was upset over his exclusion even as his mother made it to the list.
Responding to the FIRs, an NRC official said, “The inclusion or exclusion of names was the prerogative of the local officers who scrutinised the documents.”
Assam Chief Secretary Alok Kumar refused to comment on registration of the case against 1995 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.
On Thursday, NGO Assam Public Works (APW) lodged an FIR against Hajela and two persons, declared as foreigners in 2016 and included in the NRC list.