After the Koch Rajbongshi and its allied bodies took up the matter, a woman in Chirang was able to secure release from a Foreigners Tribunal (FT) in Chirang after her husband submitted some documents proving her Indian Citizenship.
The FT ordered the release of Anna Bala Ray (40) on Wednesday evening. As per the order, she will have to appear before the FT on Friday with all the documents endorsing her Indian citizenship.
Anna, who is a resident of Pub Ankorbari, was declared a foreigner by the FT in Chirang on January 2 after she failed to appear it with documents to prove her citizenship. The FT served her notice in October 2017, to prove her citizenship but she failed to appear before the tribunal on five consecutive dates.
On June 23, police arrested her and she was remanded in the detention centre attached to the district jail in Kokrajhar.
Back by the Koch Rajbongshi bodies, Anna’s husband Panchanan Ray (57) approached the tribunal on Monday through his counsel Robin Gogoi to appeal for his wife’s release, as per reports. Ray, however, could not produce all the documents asked for the by the tribunal till Monday afternoon.
On the other hand, All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union, Chirang unit said that “it’s a conspiracy of the government to stage the indigenous people as D voter and sending them to the detention camps”.
D voter, sometimes also referred to as dubious voter or Doubtful voter is a category of voters in Assam who are disenfranchised by the government on the account of their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials.
The Koch Rajbongshi bodies, which stated a massive protest in Kajalgaon, further said that if “further any tribal people are labeled as foreigners, the government should be ready to face massive agitation.”
The protesting bodies further alleged that since they are against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Bharatiya Janata party is “torturing” the Koch Rajbongshi people.