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Assam register: Four million risk losing India citizenship

A new register of citizens excludes people who cannot prove they came to Assam state before 1971.

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Media captionLiving in limbo: Assam's four million unwanted

India has published a list which effectively strips some four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before Bangladesh declared independence.

India says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

But it has sparked fears of a witch hunt against Assam's ethnic minorities.

Fearing violence, officials say that no-one will face immediate deportation.

They say that a lengthy appeal process will be available to all - even if it means millions of families will live in limbo until they get a final decision on their legal status.

Hundreds of thousands of people fled to neighbouring India after Bangladesh declared itself an independent country from Pakistan on 25 March 1971, sparking a bitter war. Many of the refugees settled in Assam, a state which now has more than 30 million people.

The Indian government considers those who arrived before the war began as legitimate citizens.

But this does not reassure Hasitun Nissa, who spoke to the BBC's Joe Miller days before the list was published. She has never

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