India has deployed around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops on Bangladesh border linked with Indian state Assam to detect and deport illegal immigrants—mainly Muslims—from neighboring Bangladesh.
In its election campaign, the BJP promised to act against illegal Muslim residents who take away jobs from local Hindus.
A report published in Mint states that, On Sunday the state government will release a draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) after a census carried out for the first time since 1951.
The exercise could lead to communal tensions in Assam, which has the second highest percentage of Muslims of any Indian state. Muslims leaders have called the NRC a tool to make them stateless, likening themselves to Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority.
“The NRC is being done to identify illegal Bangladeshis residing in Assam,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s finance minister who is also in charge of the citizenship register, told Reuters. “All those whose names do not figure in the NRC will have to be deported. We’re taking no chances and hence all security measures have been taken.”
With Inputs From Media Reports