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NRI body seeks Indian citizenship to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A group of some Indian-American organisations in the US has launched a campaign seeking Indian citizenship to Hindu immigrants from who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in

The group under the banner of organisations like SinghaBahini America, (GHHF) and NavaBanga are seeking support for the Citizenship Bill 2016, which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities from India's neighbouring nations who have come to the country for safety.

The members of the group had met Indian leaders during the recently concluded World Hindu in

"In the light of the well-intended NRC to help identify the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who came as fortune seekers, it has come to light that a large number of Hindu population find themselves left out, said a issued by the group.

Based on estimates, around 1.4 million to 2.5 million Hindus find themselves in a position to be stripped of their Indian citizenship, it said.

"Forefathers of Hindu brothers and sisters had come to because of the persecution they faced in Bangladesh, yet they had not given up their faith."

To ensure that the resources of go to the citizens, NRC in every state is needed, but at the same time it is equally important that protects poor Hindus from Bangladesh, the statement said.

"The Citizenship Bill, 2016 which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minority Hindus, Sikhs and Jains who came from Pakistan, and till 2014 is thus a must to showcase a historic Hindu Unity to send a message to our own people, the group said.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 12:00 IST