The illegal mine is located at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest. It was flooded in December last year when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it, trapping 15 miners inside.
In 33 years, 64,000 in Assam have been declared foreigners by ex parte orders. Under what circumstances do Foreigners’ Tribunals deliver such orders? Ahead of publication of final NRC, a look at a complex process.
On Saturday, Jadab, his wife Purnakanti, their son Pulakesh, Purnakanti’s two sisters, and three other relatives took part in the ritual. It involved weapons like swords and setting Saharias’ house in Kalaigaon area, their car and a bike on fire.
Hoque’s family, all of whom figure in the NRC, says his name was in the NRC draft too but was dropped in the Additional Exclusion List published last month since a Foreigners’ Tribunal had declared him a foreigner.
From what can be pieced together from accounts of police officers, local eyewitnesses and a video shot from a distance, Saharias’ neighbours saw smoke coming out of their home in Kalaigaon area of Udalguri on Saturday morning.
Budhi Kumar Tripura (36), a suspected cattle thief, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday after being thrashed by a mob late on Tuesday night at Noarampara in Raishyabari in Tripura’s Dhalai district, close to the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The final draft of NRC was published in July last year and included 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants. In an additional exclusion list published last week, NRC authorities dropped 1,02,462 more persons.
The terrain was rough with thick forest cover making it difficult to access in bad weather. There were no roads leading up to the crash site, and climbing down on foot was extremely dangerous in such conditions — hence, airlifting was the preferred mode of return for the 15 men.
A fresh exclusion list has added 1 lakh to the 40 lakh omitted from last year's final NRC draft in Assam. The count could change again in July. Those left out will have option of appeal, but it’s a long road ahead.
In the draft NRC published on July 30 last year, 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were included, leaving out over 40 lakh people. Those excluded were given a chance to appeal in the “claims and objections” round.