Online crowdfunding launched for Assam Bengalis by Bengal-Hindutva group
After over 40 lakh people were excluded from the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and following statements of national political leaders that the registery is a “deliberate attempt to isolate Bengalis” in Assam, a Kolkata-based Bengali Hindutva group has taken the lead to work out “releif plans” for the Bengalis in Assam by launching a crowdfunding exercise.
The group has launched an online campaign titled “Help Hindu Bengalis in Assam to save by launching refugee again” and is raising money through Milap – a popular online crowdfunding platform.
As mentioned on the website, the group has raised “Rs 256,887 of Rs 2,500,000 goal”, at the time of filing this report. The funding details are also mentioned on the website. Till now 1.3 lakh netizens have shared the campaign on the social media platforms.
As per the campaigners, the money raised will be used to set up relief camps, providing legal aid, rehabilitation and organising movements in Bengal and Assam.
“We need support from across the country. Many Bengali Hindus who have documents are being confined to the detention camps,” said Dr. Shantanu Sanyal, president, All Assam Bengali parishad (ASBP), as quoted by The Hindustan Times.
Campaign organiser and former Hindu Samhati leader, Prasun Maitra also took to Twitter sharing details about the campaign and extended support to the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Around eight former leaders of the Hindu Samhati are spearheading the campaign here in Assam, as per reports.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC.