Ten centres ‘planned’ across northeastern state after national register published
The Goalpara camp is one of at least 10 planned detention centres, according to local media reports.
It is around the size of seven football pitches and designed to hold 3,000 people.
Officials plan to have a school and hospital at the centre, as well as a high boundary wall and watchtowers for the security forces.
Critics have accused the Modi administration of using the NRC to target Assam’s large Muslim community.
But the government says it is simply complying with an order from India’s Supreme Court, which said the NRC had been delayed for too long and set a strict deadline for its completion.
Government sources say those excluded from the list retain their rights and have 120 days to appeal at local “Foreigners Tribunals”. If that fails, they can take their cases to the High Court of Assam and ultimately the Supreme Court. What happens to those who fail at all levels of appeal is yet to be decided, they said.