In an attempt to flush out out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants like Assam, Jharkhand is also planning to have a National Register for Citizens (NRC).
According to sources, a team led by senior superintendent of police (Special Branch) Dhananjay Singh has been sent to Assam to study the way the state is carrying out the exercise.
The step was being considered by the state in view of the huge influx of illegal Bangladeshis in several districts including Pakur, Jhamtara, Sahebganj and Godda, said an official.
Receiving a large number of complaints about Bangladeshis entering Jharkhand’s territory and even buying land belonging to the state’s tribals, the government has initiated the aforementioned step
Local BJP leader and member of the BJP’s national executive (Farmer’s Morcha) Binay Kumar Singh said, “Moving towards a citizens’ register is a very important step. Especially because Bangladeshis — and I’d argue even some Rohingya Muslims — are being settled in Jharkhand as a systematic plan to set up a jihadi corridor in the state.”
NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam and the list was prepared in 1951. The state restarted the exercise after the BJP government came to power there.
(With inputs from My Nation)