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Indian or not? Assam's Muslims fret amid drive against illegal immigrants

At the local NRC office in a Muslim-majority area, only around 4,500 people had made it to the preliminary list out of nearly 11,000 who had applied

Reuters  |  Fofonga 

Marzina Bibi, a Muslim woman living in Assam, is petrified she will be declared stateless. The 26-year-old’s name was not on a preliminary list of citizens that was published at midnight on Sunday, although she holds a voter identity card and had voted in state elections in 2016. “Why are they doing this to me?” Bibi asked, sitting beside a bamboo mat she was weaving outside her mud house in Assam’s Fofonga village. “They think I am a Bangladeshi. I was born here, my parents were born here, I am an Indian.” Prime Minister Narendra ...

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First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 08:51 IST
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