New Delhi (CNN)A day after a controversial citizenship audit put a question mark on the status of an estimated 4 million Indians living along the country's border with Bangladesh, the Indian government faced scathing criticism from political opponents accusing it of trampling over human rights of its people.
Anger at plan that puts 4 million at risk of losing Indian citizenship
A draft of the so-called National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released Monday, amid popular anger over illegal migration into Assam, which shares a porous border with Bangladesh.
Proponents of the registry say it will help root out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, but the move has prompted fears of possible deportation among Assam's hundreds of thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims.
The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it would not move to deport anybody, and would allow time for a lengthy appeals process for those left out of the registry.
Many of the Assam minority Bengali community have lived in India for decades, crossing the border into the state during the bloody Bangladesh independence struggle in 1971. Many others can trace their history back even further, arriving before the independence of India in 194