According to the minister, issuance of notice to the 'D' voters is a legal process and there is no question of harassing people. 'D' voters are not detained. "Only persons declared by FTs as foreigners are kept in the detention centres," he said in a written statement.
As per the white paper on foreigners issue, released by Assam government's Home and Political Department, during intensive revision of electoral rolls in Assam in 1997, the letter 'D' (for doubtful/disputed) was marked against the names of those electors who could not prove their Indian citizenship status at the time of verification.
"Based on the judgements/orders of the tribunals, the letter 'D' was either removed if Indian citizenship status was confirmed or name of the electors deleted from the electoral rolls if citizenship status as Indian could not be established in court," he said.
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