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Second FIR filed against former Assam NRC coordinator

Guwahati, May 16: Another FIR has been lodged against the former state coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the system integrator, sub-contractors with other persons alleging corruption and money laundering while updating the NRC in Assam that began in 2014.

The petitioner, Hitesh Dev Sarma, present NRC state coordinator, has filed the case against Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer currently posted in his home state, Madhya Pradesh, in the state vigilance and anti-corruption department.


Dev Sarma claimed in the complaint that a huge corruption and money laundering suspectedly took place during the tenure of Hajela in updating the details for NRC.

Dev Sarma had earlier lodged a complaint with the criminal investigation department of Assam Police against his predecessor Hajela for deceitfully including names of suspected individuals (read Bangladeshi nationals) in the NRC. He termed it as criminal and anti-national activities where Hajela deliberately used the software designed to avoid quality checks in the NRC updating exercise for Assam.

The supplementary NRC list, which was released on 31 August, 2019, excluded 19,06,657 applicants because of lack of adequate citizenship papers.

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