The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), a Mumbai-based human rights organization currently taking up the cause of those who are being “wrongfully” declared foreigners in Assam, has said that “nearly 60 people have lost their lives and their deaths are connected to citizenship related issues” in the state.
“While some have allegedly committed suicide due to frustration, anxiety and helplessness related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), some allegedly took their own lives fearing incarceration in detention camps”, CJP says, releasing the names of those who have died in Assam.
“There are also some people who died under rather mysterious circumstances in detention camps”, it notes, adding, CJP has so far “compiled and verified these deaths as of July 17, 2019… A total of 58 people have died so far. These include 9 women.”
According to CJP, “Those who died hailed from low income, underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds. Many were living hand to mouth as daily wage labourers. While 28 of those who died are Hindus, 27 are Muslims, one Boro, one Gorkha and one member of tea tribes.”