, 7 tweets, 5 min read Read on Twitter
Reporting in #Assam on the chaos & fear arnd the govt naming ppl foreigners, we ran into this funeral. 93-yr-old Ashrab Ali frm Salausuti, Kamrup, drank pesticide yday, after his #NRC hearing, called coz someone filed an objection against his inclusion in the citizens register
Ashrab Ali's name was in the #NRC draft list. Someone filed an objection against this. When Ashrab's entire family was called for a hearing on May 23. The objector apparently didn't turn up, which is common in #Assam today, even tho 3 lakh objections were filed.
His son said that when the #NRC official took his biometrics, Ashrab was extremely worried this meant that he has "become a foreigner". The citizenship of his 2 sons and daughter depends on his own.
The postmortem report is not out yet, but 2 women from the village said they saw Ashrab fallen near a primary school last evening. A local reporter for News18, Abdul Kalam Azad, shot this video of the purple "furadan", a sort of pesticide, near Ashrab's body
Ashrab's daughter Asiya wails at the funeral. In Bengali, she is chanting repeatedly that she wishes her Baba had never gone to the #NRC hearing.
The citizens register presented hope for #Assam in 2015, to end anti-foreigner anxiety & suspicion, but it's been harrowing for many
It's usually not easy to draw causality from a string of events to a suicide. Ashrab was 93, frail, didn't leave a note, post mortem report's not out. In the past, ppl have exaggerated #NRC suicides. But I met this family, saw documents b4 too many vested interests got involved
I'm making a careful judgement call to believe Ashrab's family, who say he "felt shame" abt the prospect of being a foreigner. Just before him, another man said he almost threw himself on a live electric wire when a tribunal declared him foreigner. Ppl are traumatized #NRC #Assam
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Rohini Mohan
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!