India strips 4 million people of citizenship in Assam

Four million people have been left out of the list which throws their citizenship into doubt

"If their names are not in the final draft, it doesn't mean that these people are illegal", Hajela told Al Jazeera.

The government said those missing from the list would have a chance to resubmit documents between August 30 and September 28, and had the option to appeal at the foreigners' tribunal.

The NRC is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.

Critics see the citizenship test as a measure supported by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at driving out minority Muslims. In 1983, more than 2,000 suspected Muslim migrants were massacred by a mob in the village of Nellie. We are trying to tell them they might have missed out because of some reasons such as unsubstantiated documents.

The NRC is a list of Assam's citizens and it is being updated following a direction of the Supreme Court. "No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear", Sailesh said. More than 70 people died and a bunch of pleas reached the Supreme Court thereafter.

As many as 1.9 crore people were included as legal citizens of India in the first draft.

The NRC is an application-based process and if someone does not apply for inclusion of name, that person's name will not figure in the list, however prominent the individual may be, the official said.

Suban said both he and his father were born in Assam, and showed Reuters a soiled yellow document that showed his father's name in the list of voters in Assam for 1965, before the cut-off date.

This issue has triggered anti-foreigner agitation in the state.

To be recognized as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.

Asking the opposition to list out what role the government has played in the NRC, Singh said, "It is a sensitive issue and should not be politicised unnecessarily".

Hundreds of thousands fled to India from Bangladesh during its 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The state has a 167-mile porous border with Bangladesh.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "People whose names don't appear on the final list, they need not worry".

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said those excluded will be given chance to make claims and objections. The state is still holding the central forces and they plan to continue that until the entire process is not completed.

Allegations of illegal movement of people from India's porous border with Bangladesh have triggered sectarian tensions between the state's indigenous population and Bengali-speaking Muslims. The mammoth three-year-long exercise to prove the identities of 33 million people across the hills, valleys and plains of this verdant state began two years ago.

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