Chennai: More than a hundred members of the Muslim community from a village in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattnam district have withdrawn a major part of their savings from a bank over the last few days as they feared they might lose their money when the government initiates the proposed National Population Register (NPR) exercise.
A video of locals from Theirzhandur village holding talks with branch officials of the Indian Overseas bank (OB) has surfaced, in which the latter can be heard urging villagers to not withdraw their money.
The manager and bank held talks with representatives of the local Jamath at a school campus on Friday and assured them that the submission of documents during the proposed NPR exercise is not mandatory and their savings are safe with the bank.
However, the Jamath in-charge said villagers have been living in fear since the amended Citizenship Act was passed in both Houses of Parliament and that they feared losing their hard-earned money.
“We have been hearing about banks including NPR documents as part of the KYC (Know Your Customer) list. We don’t want to lose our savings in the future. We are not sure what documents are required to prove our citizenship. Therefore, we decided to withdraw the money saved over the years,” said Jamath in-charge haja, adding that many villagers feel they may soon land themselves in trouble for not having the requisite documents.