Citizenship list in Indian state sparks fears for millions

Some Indians see the National Register of Citizens as an attempt to deport millions of India’s minority Muslim population. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 August 2019

Citizenship list in Indian state sparks fears for millions

  • Activists said the list is to protect Assam’s indigenous people regardless of religion
  • The draft version of the list left off about 4.1 million out of 32 million residents

NEW DELHI: India will publish Saturday a controversial citizens list that advocates say will help rectify decades of unchecked illegal immigration into the northeastern state of Assam.
Critics fear it will leave millions of people stateless. The Hindu nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi backs the project, and has vowed to roll it out nationwide.
Some view the National Register of Citizens as an attempt to deport millions of India’s minority Muslim population. But activists who have been fighting for such a list for decades say that it’s simply to protect Assam’s indigenous people, whether Hindu, Muslim or tribal.
The draft version of the register released in June left off about 4.1 million of the state’s 32 million residents, leading some to flee and others to suicide.


Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

Updated 43 min 53 sec ago

Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

  • It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex
  • The officer’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening

CALDWELL, Idaho: Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell.

Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said the report of an active shooter at the Portstewart Apartments came in about 4:19 p.m. Thursday, and responding officers found multiple victims at the scene. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead.

Police said there was no ongoing threat to the public.

The officer’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. It was not immediately clear if the people injured and killed in the shooting lived at the complex.

“We are still early in the investigation, and information is still very preliminary,” Caldwell Police Department Lt. Joey Hoadley said.
Caldwell is part of the Boise metropolitan area and has a population of about 54,000.