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Mamata asks Alipurduar administration to remain alert about developments in Assam

Press Trust of India  |  Siliguri (WB) 

Chief Minister today asked the district administration to remain alert about the developments in neighbouring Assam, where the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is slated to be published by the month-end, and keep an eye on whether people were pushed back from the north-eastern state.

She asked the block development officers of to immediately inform the of police if any instance of infiltration from was brought to their notice.

"There are some ongoing problems in There could be a possible push back from there," Banerjee said, addressing an administrative review meeting of district here.

The NRC of 1951 is being updated in under the supervision of the to identify the original residents of the state and check illegal migration.

Following the publication of the first draft on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, Banerjee had accused the BJP-led central government of hatching a conspiracy to drive out Bengalis from Assam by excluding their names from the document.

She had also cautioned the Centre on the issue, saying it should not "play with fire".

The has extended the June 30 deadline for publication of the final draft of the NRC by a month.

NRC had said the names of around 1.5 lakh people, featuring in the first draft, would not be included in the final draft to be published on July 30 as discrepancies were found during verification.

Referring to the arrests of a Chinese national and a Nepali citizen for trying to use fake identity cards in district last month, Banerjee, who had opposed making Aadhaar cards mandatory, said, "People are manufacturing fake Aadhaar cards and trying to stay here. I do not understand how these people are entering The police must keep an eye on this and not let others get into the state.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:30 IST