Hazarika report: ‘Flaw within govt mechanism enables Bangladeshi infiltrators’

The commission also said that no verification is carried out when a person enrols himself or herself as a voter and procurement of fake certificates has become a “norm”

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: November 22, 2015 1:35 am
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There is an “established institutionalised mechanism” in Assam which enables Bangladeshi infiltrators to freely enter the country and acquire citizenship and voting rights, the final supplementary report of the Surpeme Court-appointed Upamanyu Hazarika Commission said.

The commission also said that no verification is carried out when a person enrols himself or herself as a voter and procurement of fake certificates has become a “norm”, enabling Bangladeshi infiltrators to encroach upon government land including reserved forests and grazing reserves.

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Referring to a Gauhati High Court judgment, the report also said that even when such fake certificates were detected, no offender was brought to book.

“Several judgments of the Gauhati High Court rendered in the recent past throw light on the various nexuses prevalent within the government in providing fake certificates to foreigners… also how a declared foreigner deported to Bangladesh, returns to India, files a writ petition in the High Court to which the government does not file a response for six years,” the report submitted to the Supreme Court last week, a copy of which is available with The Sunday Express, said.

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