People from a few districts in Assam were summoned for NRC re-verification hearing, with a 24-hour notice to a distant place.
They received notice at night and hired vehicles to reach their place of hearing, at a long distance from their home. Many were travelling for the first time in their lives.
Whereas, NRC rules explicitly states that, applicants must be given 15 days of notice before the hearing is held.
The final NRC is expected to be released on August 31. The earlier deadline of July 31 was pushed back after the state and central governments filed petitions in the Supreme Court, asking for another round of verification of the draft list. The court extended the deadline but rejected the request for re-verification. It cited a sealed report submitted by Prateek Hajela, state coordinator for the NRC, which reportedly said 27% of the names in the July 2018 draft – about 80 lakh people – had already been reverified during the “claims and objection process”.
From the evening of August 3 thousands of people started receiving notice for NRC hearing with barely 24 hours in hand. People were in panic as they had to travel as long as 300 kms within 24 hours .
News of a bus carrying people from Kamrup to Golaghat to attend NRC hearings collided with a truck carrying hot tar for road construction was also received. Several people, including children, were injured, many had suffered burn injuries.