Another ‘foreigner’ sent to detention camp

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HT Correspondent

GOLAGHAT, June 12: A woman was detained and sent to a detention camp for 11 days, a day after Jorhat Foreigners Tribunal ordered her detention on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Dolly Roy, a resident of ward no 4 of Golaghat town, was detained after she failed to appear before the Jorhat Foreigners’ Tribunal on three occasions, citing poor health condition.

Dolly Roy, wife of Sanjit Roy hails from Bohori in Barpeta district of lower Assam. A case of ‘D’ voter was pending against her since 2008. However, the woman claimed that she possessed documents to prove her legacy dates back to 1952. She asserted that she has submitted her medical certificates to police.

Roy also claimed that the names of her parents were registered in the voters’ list and her siblings have made it to the NRC list, published last year. Her detainment comes close on the heels of Kargil war veteran Md Sanaullah’s temporary incarceration at Boko.

Sanaullah, who was declared a ‘foreigner’ by a Boko Foreigners Tribunal, was later granted bail by the Gauhati High Court. Roy and Sanaullah are among the 40 lakh people whose names were not included in the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published last year.

The register, with a cut-off date of March 24, 1971, aims to separate “genuine” citizens from “illegal” immigrants. The final NRC list is scheduled to be released by the end of next month.

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