A Citizenship Amendment Bill gave a new lease of life to ULFA: a police officer from Assam

Growing public opinion against the Center's proposal to amend the Citizenship Act is giving a new lease of life to the unlawful Liberal Asom (ULFA) Front, which has recruited eight young people over the past two years. last month, a senior officer of Assam The police said.

Pallav Bhattacharjee, general manager of the Assam police, said the police had foiled ULFA's plan to recruit eight more young people and that a number of men from five Districts were attracted to the banned organization.

"Since September 1, eight young people have joined ULFA and eight others have been apprehended before joining him," he said.

The 1986 IPS officer said that public opinion against the 2016 (Citizenship) Amendment Bill in the Brahmaputra Valley gave a "new lease of life" to ULFA, claiming that the bill "threatened the existence of aboriginal peoples". of the state.

Mr Bhattacharjee said that a leader of the Dergaon unit of the Assam Students' Union, Pankaj Pratim Dutta, had recently joined the ULFA, which constitutes a very "disturbing" development. . The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, aims to grant citizenship to members of minority communities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of eleven.

A large number of people and organizations in the Northeast opposed the bill, saying it will override the provisions of the 1985 Assam Accord.

The DGP (SB) said the police were closely monitoring ULFA's attempts to attract youth from Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Golaghat and Udalguri districts. On November 1, five Bengal Hindus were killed by suspected ULFA militants in Tinsukia district. Meerut BJP MP Rajendra Agrawal, chairman of the parliament's joint committee charged with reviewing the bill, said the group should submit its report to the Lok Sabha at the winter session.

"This will be the last session of the current Lok Sabha. If we do not submit the report, it would mean that we have not done our job well, "he said. PTI by telephone.

Asked about the public's strong opinion on the bill in Assam and on ULFA's attempt to exploit the situation, he said he was aware of the situation. Existence of "divergent points of view" in the state. "We will try to answer all the concerns," he said.

Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya, senior advisor to AASU, said that the Assam population felt the bill was intended to "derail" the process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list citizens of the state, currently updated to identify genuine Indian citizens. nationals. "The entire Northeast is now opposed to the anti-people politics of the BJP-led government," he said.