Complete Draft NRC released in Assam

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India says it has excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the north-eastern state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, a move that has sparked fears about the future of thousands in the region. How many Bangladeshi infiltrators are there among these 40 lakh?

Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centres or deported, a witness said.

Assam, where one third of the population is Muslim, is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.

Migrants have since been accused of illegally entering the state and taking land and jobs, causing tensions with locals. The demand for the list to be updated was raised by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) during the early 1980s, soon after an anti-foreigner agitation in the state.

Elsewhere in the country's northern heartland, lynchings of Muslim cattle traders have risen under Modi in the country where many Hindus consider cows sacred, further deepening social divides.

The first version of the list, which is being prepared under the supervision of the country's Supreme Court, came out in December.

But this was postponed to July 30 because the massive exercise could not be completed in time.

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"Out of 3.29 crore people, 2.89 crore have been found eligible to be included".

"I am the nephew of former President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and my name is missing in the NRC since my father's name is not in the legacy data", News 18 quoted Ziauddin Ali Ahmed as saying. "This is just a draft, and not the final list", said Registrar General Sailesh while addressing media. "However, we had belief in the system".

In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sought to allay fears about Assam.

Critics see the citizenship test as another measure supported by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at minority Muslims.

The latest on the issue - The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that no coercive action should be taken against those whose names are not there in the NRC of Assam as it is only a draft.

"We are doing an exercise that is unprecedented and if there are course corrections which are required to be done, we will need to do that", said Hajela, who is guarded round-the-clock by a team of police.

Other groups must wait 11 years to become naturalised citizens.

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