Out of the 3.29 crore applications received by the NRC, the names of around 40 lakh people in Assam haven’t been included in the second and final draft released on July 30. The first draft released in December last year had the names of 1.9 crore people.
“The flimsy grounds on which our names have been removed should be protested by every Gorkha. If we do not raise our voice today, then the day is not far away when names of all Gorkhas will be removed,” Bimal Gurung said.
Referring to violence in Darjeeling during agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, the bench said, “The State is obliged to maintain law and order and to protect life and property of the citizens. It has to take necessary steps to contain such agitation and restore the peace.”