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Mamata hits out at BJP over 'panic deaths' in Bengal due to NRC

Mamata hits out at BJP over panic deaths in Bengal due to NRC

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the BJP on Monday, accusing them of creating panic in Bengal over National Register of Citizens (NRC) that has led to six deaths in the state and once again made it clear that she will not allow implementation of NRC in Bengal.

"They (BJP) are indulging in false propaganda and trying to instill fear in the minds of the people in the name of NRC. NRC exercise will not be carried out in Bengal or anywhere else in the country. It was conducted in Assam due to Assam Accord. For NRC in Bengal they will require the state machinery and we will not let them carry out the exercise," Banerjee said, addressing a trade union meeting at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Monday.

The Assam Accord, an agreement signed in 1985 between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students' Union, had ended a six-year mass movement against immigrants alleged to have settled illegally from Bangladesh.

"Don't get carried away by their dirty political game. Chief Minister of Bihar has declared

that he will not allow NRC in the state. Have faith in me, I will never allow the exercise in Bengal. So don't remain in fear of NRC," she added.

Banerjee also instructed her party leaders to conduct a protest meeting involving the families of those who have died due to fear of NRC. Falta in South 24-Parganas, Basirhat in North 24-Parganas, Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and Murshidabad are some of the places where people have committed suicide allegedly due to fear of NRC in the last few days.

"The exercise of enlisting names in the voter list is going on. I will request you to do the same and if the concerned official in your area refuses to include your name, lodge complaint through the Didi Ke Bolo helpline and we will ensure the needful," she reiterated.

Banerjee further said that if somebody has lost his/her documents in any natural calamity like flood or fire, they can lodge an FIR with the local police station and not be afraid.

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