Women's house attacked, set afire over fear of NRC data collection in West Bengal
KOLKATA: A woman's house was allegedly set afire over fears of National Register for Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal.
The woman, who is an NGO worker, had gone for a door-to-door survey, seeking information and telling people about benefits of internet, when people got suspicious and felt that she was an enumerator who had collected data for NRC.
Irate people attacked her and later ransacked her house. The house was later set afire. This incident occurred in Birbhum district in West Bengal.
Sources said that there was a rumour that spread in the area, linking her visits to several households to the data collection for NRC, and this led to the incident. The police have said that the woman, Hasnebanu, had not collected the NRC data, rather she was associated with an NGO.
This is not the first such incident. Earlier, a man, Prince Singh, was brutally beaten up as people suspected him linked to NPR exercise in Bihar. Lakhs of people were affected due to the NRC in Assam. As Bengali migrants suffered the most, the people in West Bengal are even more wary.
[January 23, 2020 NewsBits.in]