MAYONG: Anxiety and fear of deportation preceded an anticipated anger at this sleepy hamlet of Assam on Monday hours after the publication of draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). Instead of people milling around on the roads and being angry, there was a stony silence.
Paran Majumdar sat quietly with his family members in his home at Bordia village in Mayong of Morigaon district, stunned by the fact that his name has not appeared in draft NRC. He says he has been living in Assam for 48 years since his birth. He is now threatened with disenfranchisement.
"We migrated to Assam from West Bengal in 1975 and settled down at Teteliguri in Morigaon district. In 1989, we shifted to Bordia. Despite being genuine Indian citizens, our names haven't figured in draft NRC. We are at a loss," Paran, a farmer, tells TNIE. In his eight-member family, which also includes his mother Tapasha Majumdar, the name of only his wife, Kalpana Majumdar, figured in the document. The case of his younger brother, Shital Majumdar, 42, is worse. The name of none of his five family members found a berth in NRC.
"While applying for the inclusion of our names in NRC, I had enclosed a copy of voter list of January 1, 1971. The voter list was of Gajol Assembly constituency of Malda district in West Bengal. How do I then become an illegal immigrant?" Paran asks. Both brothers say they will submit the same voter list when they file claims and objections seeking inclusion of their names in NRC.
"Apparently, NRC officials overlooked the document during verification of documents. Honestly, we all in the family are now scared of being harassed by the police," Paran says. A worried Shital says: "We are all Indians and eligible for inclusion of our names in NRC. Muslims have many countries to go to but Hindus have just one country which is India. If Hindus cannot live in Hindustan, where will they go?"
A number of Bengali Hindus of Mayong, known as the Land of Black Magic, are facing a similar fate. While some families had not a single member in draft NRC, some had the names of their children but not parents. Several others had the names of only one spouse. Panic has gripped two more brothers - Prahlad Mondol and Subhakto Mondol. Both are married and each has two sons and one daughter. They are frightened as the name of none of them and also their mother, Renu, figured in NRC.
Prahlad claims their parents had migrated from West Bengal. "We will fight our cases till the end," the brothers assert. Ranjit Mondol, also a farmer, had his name in the list. His mother, wife and two sons were not so lucky. Similarly, Priyanath Mondol and his two children have their names in NRC but the wife missed out. All these affected families are reposing their faith in final NRC. They believe the omission of their names was due to lapses by NRC officials.