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Won’t Withdraw Central Forces Deployed for Assam NRC: Centre to SC

The 167 companies deployed in Assam will continue to remain in the state for NRC work.

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People wait to check their names on the final draft of the Assam NRC after it was released at NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on 30 July. (Image used for representational purposes only.)
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The Centre on Wednesday, 13 March, told the Supreme Court that the central forces deployed in Assam for National Register of Citizens (NRC) work will not be withdrawn during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, reported ANI.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told the apex court that the Home Secretary passed directions that the 167 companies deployed in Assam will continue to remain in the state.

Earlier, the Centre submitted to the top court that the work on the NRC will have to be suspended for a while in view of the deployment of the forces for the Lok Sabha elections. The Centre had then reasoned that the "political atmosphere is likely to be highly surcharged and it may not be conducive for hearing NRC cases," The Indian Express reported.

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Allaying the fears of over 40 lakh persons whose names were not included in the draft Assam NRC, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday, 12 March, told the Supreme Court that exclusion will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls, reported PTI.

The top court asked the ECI to clarify what action it will take if a person’s name is not included in the final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on 31 July, but it features in the electoral rolls.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Depak Gupta and Sanjiv Khana asked the ECI to provide the data by 28 March about the addition and deletion of names from voters' list as revised in January for years 2017, 2018 and 2019.

At the outset, the bench asked the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the court, what will be the status of the persons whose names do not feature in the draft NRC but feature in the electoral rolls.

On 8 March, the apex court had asked the poll panel secretary to appear before it for Tuesday's hearing in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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