The Tragic Demise of a ‘Declared Foreigner’ at Goalpara Detention Centre
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there were no detention centres in the country, Naresh Koch, a detainee in the Goalpara detention centre in Assam, breathed his last at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.
Naresh passed away on January 5. He became the 29th person to have died while being at a detention centre in the state since 2014. The state has six detention centres housed inside district jails, while a central-government funded exclusive centre is being constructed in Goalpara’s Matia area.
…I have been meeting the families of those who have been kept in detention centres, those who have died by suicides out of fear of being sent to detention camps, those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), those who have been facing litigations at the foreigners’ tribunals, etc. on a regular basis. All the stories are living testimonies of institutionalised brutalities, of sheer injustice.…
- Syeda Anowara Taimur, Assam’s lone woman Chief Minister, fails to find place in NRC final draft (Jan 4, 2020, The Hindu)
- Protests intensify in Assam after Centre notifies CAA (Jan 12, 2020, Times of India)
- Assam: 426 Muslim Families Evicted Allegedly for Not Voting for BJP (Dec 24, 2019, India Tomorrow)
- Don’t send children excluded from Assam NRC to detention camps: Supreme Court (Jan 6, 2020, The Hindu)