Law and order situation reviewed ahead of NRC draft publication in Assam

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Guwahati, June 22: A team of senior officials of Assam government on Friday reviewed the law and order situation of West Karbi Anglong and three other districts ahead of the publication of the second draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) slated for June 30, an official release here said.

The team led by chief secretary TY Das and director general of police Kuladhar Saikia, reviewed the prevailing security situation of West Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Morigaon and Hojai, the release said.

This is the fourth meeting of the officials, who will visit all the districts of the state before the publication of the draft NRC, it said.

Apart from chief secretary and DGP, the team of officials include additional chief secretary (home) Alok Kumar, principal secretary (home) L Changson, special DGP(SB) Pallab Bhattacharya, ADGP (Security) Harmeet Singh and IGP(law and order) Deepak Kumar it also said.

The deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and other senior police officials, army and central paramilitary forces were present in the meeting which discussed various issues related to the NRC updation.

The updation work of the NRC was completed on May 31 but the publication of the draft, which is scheduled on June 30 is likely to be delayed due to devastating flood situation in Barak Valley.

NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela has filed a petition before the Supreme Court, under whose supervision the NRC is being updated, asking for more time for the completion of the draft as work on it was affected by the devastating flood.

Meanwhile, in a judgment delivered on Friday, the High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging NRC state coordinator’s orders on siblings of Declared Foreigners, finding no infirmity in the State Coordinator’s letter.

NRC State Coordinator’s letter dated 2nd May 18 on the matter of brothers, sisters etc of Declared Foreigners was challenged in the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court in Writ Petition 3432/2018.

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