CPI (M) urges Assam govt. to legalize the Bangladeshis

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Recalling the support extended by all political parties during a discussion in Parliament on the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2003 for an amendment to protect these refugees, it said the law still considered them as illegal migrants.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has called for legal measures to protect the rights of Bengalis that migrated to Assam from Bangladesh on or before the liberation war, reports the Hindu. The party also urged the central government to seek for a solution through judicial process to the problem of suspected foreigners living illegally in Assam.

The resolution was adopted on Monday at 20th congress of CPI (M). The party urged the government to honour the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s promise of sympathetically considering the legitimate demand of a large number of Bengali refugees from the then East Bengal to be recognised as Indian citizens.

the hinduNoting that a large number of the refugees belonged to the Scheduled Castes, the resolution said exclusion of these communities from the current Aadhar drive of citizen identification had only heightened their insecurity.

The Hindu reads, “Noting that a large number of the refugees belonged to the Scheduled Castes, the resolution said exclusion of these communities from the current Aadhar drive of citizen identification had only heightened their insecurity.

“Recalling the support extended by all political parties during a discussion in Parliament on the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2003 for an amendment to protect these refugees, it said the law still considered them as illegal migrants.”

Terming those migrated people as victims of historical circumstances, says the Hindu, the resolution said there were cases where they were treated like criminals.

“Demanding that an amendment to the Act in relation to the Bangladesh minority community refugees be brought in the coming budget session of Parliament, the resolution said the amendment should be introduced while protecting the Assam accord considering the specific situation in Assam.”

A huge number of Bangladeshi people took refugee in Assam, a state of India, during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. Last month Bangladesh government had honored Foreign Friends who supported the country.

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