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Anti-Bengali move hits NE India : Man commits suicide over Foreigners Tribunal notice
TIWN Oct 29, 2018
Anti-Bengali move hits NE India : Man commits suicide over Foreigners Tribunal notice
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AGARTALA, Oct 29 (TIWN): A man committed suicide on Sunday in Assam's Udalguri district allegedly after a local Foreigners' Tribunal recently served a notice on him asking him to prove his Indian citizenship.

Police said Dipak Debnath was found hanging from a tree in the backyard of his house in Ghagra village.

"Preliminary investigation indicate it to be a suicide. His family told us that Debnath was depressed after receiving a notice from the Foreigners' Tribunal which termed him as a foreigner and asked him to prove his Indian citizenship," a police officer said.

Although the Foreigners' Tribunal served the notice to Debnath in July asking him to appear before it on July 12 to prove his Indian citizenship, Debnath received the notice only on July 29.

"The draft NRC was published by the Assam government on July 30 and it included the names of Debnath, his wife and two daughters. However, Debnath went to the Foreigners' Tribunal recently to respond to the notice and a Tribunal official demanded a huge bribe to settle his case," said Uttam Debnath, a nephew of the deceased.

"We believe he ended his life as he was not in a position to bribe the Tribunal officials. He was scared that he will be taken to detention camps and will be tortured," said Uttam.

The draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30 left out the names of 40,07,707 people due to various discrepancies in the documents submitted by the people.

NRC in Tripura issue : Tripura cabinet will discuss what will be State Govt's stand on NRC as Supreme Court has noticed both the State and Central Govt on NRC.Bound to avoid any sensitive statement on NRC, Tripura Law Secretary Data Mohon Jamatia however avoided what will be the possible stand of Tripura Govt on NRC. "The cabinet will decide on the stand of Tripura Govt on NRC, but till now no such decision has been taken so far", Data Mohon Jamatia told TIWN. The Law Secretary further said, in the first week on November most likely the NRC case may hear in the Supreme Court. However, no particular date has been confirmed. But earlier, it was claimed by Supreme Court Advocate Manish Goswami that Tripura NRC was tagged with Assam NRC, but Data Mohon Jamatia has denied for any hearing on Tripura NRC with Assam held on yesterday."No hearing was held on NRC so far, may be in November 1st week", Jamatia told TIWN.

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