Four dead as thousands rush across Assam for fresh NRC hearings -Abhishek Saha
-The Indian Express
The fresh set of orders triggered panic as people boarded buses, hired SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles and pick-up trucks to reach towns like Jorhat, Charaideo, Sivasagar and Golaghat.
Guwahati: From two sisters on board a bus to a senior citizen who fell ill during a hearing, four persons, including a 14-year-old girl, have died since Monday in Assam. All were among the thousands summoned for fresh National Register of Citizens (NRC) hearings that ended Wednesday. The Indian Express reported Monday that thousands in lower Assam districts received notices from NRC authorities asking them to appear at new hearings, mostly in far-off towns of Upper Assam, 300-400 km away, between August 5 and August 7. The fresh set of orders triggered panic as people boarded buses, hired SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles and pick-up trucks to reach towns like Jorhat, Charaideo, Sivasagar and Golaghat.
Rezia Khatun (60) from Dakachang village in Kamrup (rural) district was declared brought dead at a hospital in Nagaon district after she complained of being unwell during her hearing in Kaliabor on Monday. She had to travel more than 250 km for the hearing and police said the cause of death is unknown. Early Tuesday, Hanif Ali (65) died after the hired camper vehicle he and his family were travelling in capsized around 10 km away from his home in Asalpara village. They were returning from Charaideo district. Ali’s relative, Monirul Islam said, “The village headman handed over the notice at 8 am on Sunday and we managed to procure a vehicle. We started at Asalpara at 9 pm Sunday and reached the NRC centre at 10.40 am. We left for home at 1 pm and met with an accident at 3 am near our house. All this happened in a day’s journey and my uncle died.”
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