For the last few days a few notes are being circulated on Whatsapp groups claiming that Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and its secretary Teesta Setalvad are against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and engaging in anti-national activities. However, the NRC authority has clarified that it has nothing to do with the offensive notes.
The notes are PDF copies of a document and all bear the logo of the NRC authority. They appear to be dossiers on specific people and groups. The people named include senior journalists, activists and social welfare organisations. The objective of the notes appears to be to incite ill will and possibly even violence against those named.
But, alarmed at the misuse of its logo and brand for such a despicable purpose, the NRC authority has issued a clarification categorically stating that it has absolutely nothing to do with the extremely wicked and shockingly vile note. The clarification says, “It has come to the notice of the NRC authority that a document naming some journalists as being involved in anti-NRC propaganda is being circulated in social media etc. from around 17th August 2019. On this matter, it is clarified that NRC authority has nothing to do with its creation or circulation.”
The clarification may be viewed here:
It is however, noteworthy that there are more than one documents in circulation, all of which appear to have mischievously misused the NRC logo and brand. While CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad and Assam program coordinator Ali Zamser find their names in the list of anti-NRC journalists, there are two more dossiers specifically targeting CJP’s work in the state and singling out Teesta Setalvad. The only purpose behind such documents is to generate hate and fear for people engaging in humanitarian work and possibly even provoke people to act against them.