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The Assam government will release the second and final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) at 10:00 am today, amid tight security.

Of more than 32 million people who submitted documents to prove their citizenship, the names of 4,007,707 were missing, Sailesh, India's registrar general and census commissioner, told a televised news briefing in Assam's main city of Guwahati.

All the claims, counterclaims and objections from the people who left out of the citizens' list would be taken up from August 30.

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Those left out of the list will however get "ample opportunity" to appeal and have their names included in the final list, he added.

In 1983, scores of people were killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.

Mr. Sonowal expressed confidence that the NRC, which has become the "instrument to safeguard the interest of greater Assamese society", would be able to pave the way for realising the hopes and aspirations of the genuine Indian citizens.

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Under the BJP government, which came to power in 2016, some 15,000 people were declared foreigners past year alone - which means more than 1,000 per month. Out of a total of 3.29 crore people, 2,89,83,677 (two crore eighty nine lakh, eighty three thousand six hundred and seventy seven) people have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens. "Our people have died here, but we will not leave this place".

To be recognized as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971. "Once the draft list is out, you will see it isn't biased and you will be proud of it", Mr Sarma, who also the head Assam government's cabinet sub-committee on NRC, added.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said one can not force somebody on the people of Assam. The local border police declined to discuss individual cases, but said not all documents furnished by suspected illegal immigrants were valid. So many Muslims are there, Bengalis are there, Biharis are there... Most settled in Assam, which shares a long border with Bangladesh. The state is still holding the central forces and they plan to continue that until the entire process is not completed. "The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) nearly four decades ago had sought to".

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Following an outcry from rights groups over possible harassment of Muslims in Assam, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said that the NRC exercise was being carried out in an impartial and transparent manner. Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, said earlier. People who lack knowledge will be provided assistance. In parliament on Monday Singh told MPs that there would be no deportations based on the register and said there was no need to create "unnecessary panic".


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