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In Photo: A deserted street at a market place off Silchar town. – Newsmen Photo.

By a Newsman

Silchar, 10 July: BENGALI dominated Barak Valley region in south Assam came to a halt on Friday due a general strike convened to protest the complex process of enrollment to the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The day-long strike convened by citizens’ body Citizens Protection Forum got the backing from almost all major political parties and apolitical organisations.

The strike that commenced at 6 in the morning brought life to a standstill in all the three districts of Barak Valley ~ Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Educational institutes, government and private offices, shops, markets were closed and transports remained off the road.

The region’s hub Silchar town wore a deserted look. But there have been no bandh related untoward incident reported from any parts of the region.

Citizens Protection Forum has said that the government must simplify the NRC enrollment process, the list of supporting documents should be revised to include a few more documents, and the deadline to submit enrollment applications should be extended from the present 31 July.   

NRC is currently being updated in Assam, with the end goal being identification of genuine citizens who came to reside in the state till the midnight of 24 March 1971. Those failing to produce documents supporting this will be deemed illegal immigrants.