36 Years Since the Massacre, People from Nellie Still Suffering

The CJP Team received information that a large chunk of people in the village of Borbari—where the Nellie Massacre took place in 1983—have been excluded from the final NRC list. CJP’s Assam State Co-ordinator Zamsher Ali along with the CJP team went to visit the village and take stock of the situation. Here is what he had to say:


I’m in the village Borbari, at the Post Office Beltola, Dharamtul Police Station, Morigaon District. I am standing here along with my co-volunteers of CJP, Paulomi Baruah, Nandu Ghosh, Faruk Ahmed, Aftar Ali, and some other friendly volunteers. The village Borbari is famous as the region where, in 1983, more than 1800 people were killed by chauvinist forces during the Assam Movement. I am at the mass grave site where 585 Muslims were buried.


In 1983, maximum minors and women died in the same spot. Still, after 36 years, it is a poor village, mixed populated, where 1330 person are living here as per the Census of India, 2011. Among them, 606 are female, 727 are male, 237 are minors. Its literacy rate is much lesser than the national and Assam average at 66.24%. Total Scheduled Caste population here is 585 persons. Total number of house holds is 252.

It is astonishing that after the Nellie Massacre in 1983, as Borbari (the larger part of Nellie), where the biggest genocide all over the world witnessed in a single day—in this Borbari village, and other people were checked by various agencies,and it was found that each and every person who died in the massacre was an Indian citizen.


At present, each and every family, cutting across religious lines is having at least one or two persons who are D-Voters or facing Foreigner Tribunal cases. About 150 persons have been declared Indian in this village, but most of them (about 90%) of their names have not been included in the final NRC.

30-40% is facing repeat cases before the Foreigners Tribunal. It is an overwhelming situation. Specifically, there are women who are declared Indian in the case IMDT Case No. 695/2004 (Date of Order: 9/7/2014). In this case, those women were declared Indian but in a case of mistaken identity, several women were detained or declared to be foreigner. One of these women has been in a detention camp for the last three years.

In the family of Ali Hussein, Foreigner Tribunal cases were pursued against his brothers Rahul Amin and Noor Nobi, and his wife Halina Khatoon—all three were declared Indian but subsequently were all out of the final NRC list. It is blind discrimination: not one or two cases, but each and every family who have ties with the black history of Nellie, Borbari are facing FT discrimination.”



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