The families of those trapped inside since December 13, 2018, after water from a river nearby gushed through a puncture in the mine wall, now at least want their bodies recovered — even if it’s just a finger, a hand or a leg.
Ram Madhav said that the government will keep in mind both "responsibility towards people from minority communities in neighbouring countries who have faced religious persecution" and "protection of the interests of people of Assam and the Northeast".
Citizenship Bill has sparked protests across the Northeast, particularly Assam, from citizens, Opposition parties and even BJP leaders and their allies. What makes the Bill so sensitive, why is govt still pushing it?
“For the past few days certain sections in the state have cast aspersions on this avowed objective of the government. However, as a son of the soil, I would like to assure everybody that there is no need of being apprehensive in Assam," Sarbananda Sonowal said.
According to collated government data, which The Indian Express accessed, 948 cases have been chargesheeted, the final report has been submitted for a further 139 cases, while and 229 cases are “pending”. In this period of approximately five years, 9351.20 MT of coal has been seized.
The first part of the report, submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of December, had named about a dozen politicians who allegedly own coal mines themselves or have relatives who are coal miners.
Sporadic demonstrations continued in parts of Assam and a shutdown was observed in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on Saturday. Black flags were raised by student bodies across the region, including at the headquarters of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in Guwahati.
The high-level committee was notified by the MHA on January 5 to work towards implementation of Clause 6, and pitched as a step towards protecting the interests of the Assamese community in terms of reservation of Assembly seats.
At least three more regional parties, in Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram, all in the BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities.
The AGP walked out Monday following the BJP’s decision to go ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) immigrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.
Clause 6 of Accord says, “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”