Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday said "innocent and genuine" citizens will not be harassed during the process of detection of foreign nationals.

"I will want to make it clear that the government will never tolerate any innocent and genuine citizens being harassed," Gogoi said while intervening during question hour in the state Assembly here.

Admitting that at times during the process of detection of foreigners, some innocent citizens are harassed, the chief minister said each and every case that comes up is dealt with.

The government will take all steps to protect the rights of the citizen, Gogoi said in reply to a question by Aminul Islam who raised the issue of harassment of citizens in the name of detection of foreigners from Bangladesh.

Earlier replying on behalf of Gogoi, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said the problem of foreign nationals is an "age old one and it was not very easy to deal with it at one
stroke".

"Even noted citizens sometimes are served with wrong notices questioning their genuineness but those are being corrected," Hussain said.

To make the process easy the government with all seriousness is going ahead with the preparation of the National Registrar of Citizen (NRC), he said.

"Once the NRC is completed there will be no problems."

(Agencies)