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Assam said to free non-Muslims from detention camps: MoS in Lok Sabha | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: The Minister of State of the Household Union, Nityanand Rai, told Lok Sabha on Tuesday that the Assam government had been advised to free all non-Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh – “who were forced to seek refuge in the state before December 31, 2014, with expired or invalid documents “- of detention centers.

Rai said that under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) of 2019, people covered by this Act may submit applications for the granting of citizenship after the Center notifies the appropriate rules. He said the name “detention center” has been changed to “detention center.” He said that according to information from the Assam government, 761 detainees were released from these centers in the last three years.

Responding to a question from Assam Congressman Abdul Khaleque, if the government had taken any initiative to free declared foreigners from Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian and Jain communities residing in detention camps, Rai said : “No specific instructions issued by the central government regarding the release of these migrants from detention centers after promulgation of the CAA have been received.”

“However, in January 2016, the Center had advised Assam to examine the cases of all persons covered by several court cases filed in the Gauhati High Court and release them from detention centers if they satisfied the conditions and requirements of the two notifications issued by the central government on September 7, 2015, exempting said persons by or under clause (c) of subsection (2) of Section 3 of the Passport Act (Entry to India), 1920 or the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or any rule or order made under it, “Rai added.

Rai added that the Supreme Court also issued a notification last July, which provides for the conditional release of declared foreigners, who have completed more than three years in detention centers. In the order of the superior court, the period of time, and not religion, is a criterion for liberation.

On whether the government will withdraw all pending cases before the D-Voters aliens court, Rai replied: “The question does not arise at this stage as subsection (3) of Section 6B of the amended Citizenship Act of 1955 states that any pending proceedings against a person covered by Section 6B of the Law regarding illegal migration or citizenship will be suspended upon granting citizenship. ”

In response to another deputy from the Assam Congress, Pradyut Bordoloi, the Ministry of Security said that, according to information from the Assam government, “it has not built any detention camp in Assam exclusively to detain those who do not have documents to prove their citizenship under NRC “.

Rai said that any person, not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections decisions during the preparation of the final NRC, may appeal to the designated court constituted under the Order of Foreigners (Courts), 1964, within 120 days from the date of said order and in the disposition of appeal by the court, the names will be included or deleted.

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