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Chakma migrants demand citizenship rights from Centre

Updated: Oct 11, 2016 17:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct.11 (ANI): The All India Chakma Social Forum (AICSF) has appealed to the Centre to grant them citizenship rights.

The demand was made through a memorandum submitted to the Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh.

The AICSF said that their appeal for citizenship rights has been pending for almost half a century.

In a memorandum submitted to the Minister, the members of delegation stated that during the period from 1964-68, around 15,000 Chakmas had fled from the Chittagong Hill tracts of the then East Pakistan to escape the oppression of Pakistani rulers. After migration to India, they settled in the then Northeastern Front Agency (NEFA), currently Arunachal Pradesh.

However, the delegation members complained that not a single Chakma migrant in Arunachal Pradesh has been granted citizenship rights till date despite specific directions of the Supreme Court of India issued on January 9, 2016 in the case National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) vs. State of Arunachal Pradesh and others. (ANI)