Final draft of NRC to be released on Monday amid security

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The final draft is available for perusal at all the NRC sewa kendras (NSKs) in the state.

"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list.

Guwahati: Amid tight security, the much-awaited second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published today with over 2.89 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, Registrar General of India Sailesh said here.

About four million people saw their names were missing from the final draft of the list that was published by the Registrar General of India on Monday.

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Activists say the process may lead to deportation of ethnic minorities - mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims - to Bangladesh.

Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in the state.

Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with 24 March, 1971 as the cut-off date, to include names of genuine Indian citizens.

He assured thatpeople, who have been left out of the list can file claims and objections inthe Higher Administrative level and later in the Foreigners' Tribunal.

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In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sought to allay fears about Assam. It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

"No coercive action will be taken against anyone".

Satyendra Garg, a home ministry official who was at the Guwahati press conference, said there "was no question of sending anyone to detention camps based on the draft list".

Security has been beefed up across the state to prevent any law and order situation following the publication of the draft, with deputy commissioners and SPs being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said here.

The Supreme Court-monitored updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a "secular exercise" and no particular community was targeted, and all genuine Indian nationals will be given adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship, the officer said.

The applicants can also call 24×7 toll free numbers 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).

The first NRC draft, with 1.9 crore names, was released during the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January this year.

The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 next and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearing. But later, Assam Police said it was a case of "mistaken identity".