Cop finger at NRC rumours

Rakesh Roushan. Picture by Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee

Silchar, Sept. 9: Cachar superintendent of police Rakesh Roushan today said some people were trying to create unrest by spreading rumours that a gang was breaking into houses, assaulting people and stealing or destroying NRC documents.

He told reporters here this morning that citizens need not panic as police were alert and stern action would be taken against rumourmongers. The rumours have been doing the rounds on social media for the past few days.

Roushan said it is suspected that people who do not possess NRC documents might be involved in spreading the rumours so that when NRC verification is carried out they can say their documents were stolen or destroyed.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing details of all Indian citizens. It is being updated in Assam on the basis of the 1951 NRC and electoral rolls upto the midnight of March 24, 1971.

According to the Supreme Court’s order, the deadline for publication of the draft NRC is December 31 this year.

In connection with a theft that occurred in Udharbond on August 14, Roushan said certain sections had spread the rumour that the gang of miscreants had barged into the house, assaulted residents and stolen NRC documents. He said the thieves had been arrested but the stolen items recovered did not include any NRC documents.

“This triggered apprehension among the public and in many places residents started patrolling their area at night. Citizens are getting suspicious of people moving in groups. Recently, a village defence party on night patrol at Bhangarpar tried to intercept a vehicle. The vehicle was carrying passengers to Meghalaya. Such incidents have to be stopped,” he said.

Roushan said there was a shortage of police personnel in Cachar but promised that adequate force would be deployed before Durga Puja.

On spreading of rumours on social media, he said a special cell was monitoring social media and action would be taken against users spreading rumours.

He urged citizens not to fall prey to or spread rumours and to maintain peace and harmony.

Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee Telegraph India

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