Police accuse Indian army veteran of being 'illegal Bangladeshi immigrant'

Police accuse Indian army veteran of being 'illegal Bangladeshi immigrant'

Police accuse Indian army veteran of being 'illegal Bangladeshi immigrant'

The notice stated that the district police have alleged that Haque, who retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer previous year, entered Assam illegally without documents after March 25, 1971.

I gave 30 years of my life for my country in the Indian Army. The retired JCO said that he had missed the first date of appearing before the tribunal on September 11as he had received the notice after that date. He will now have to appear before the tribunal on October 13. He had received a similar notice in 2012 too, then he had submitted all the documents in the tribunal court and the court has declared him Indian citizen. "I request the prime minister, the president and the home minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen", Hoque said.

According to Haque his wife Mumtaz Beghum was also summoned by the tribunal to prove her citizenship.

In Assam there are 100 foreigners' tribunals set up to detect illegal immigrants, especially those who entered India after creation of Bangladesh.

A retired Assam soldier was asked to prove his citizenship by the Assam Police. "Azmal Haque, served in Indian Army for 30yrs, Retd as Junior Com Officer, now accused of being illegal immigrant by AssamPolice". "I have served in the most hard terrains during my service period".

"This is the story of hundreds of thousands of genuine Indian citizens in Assam who are being harassed and humiliated on daily basis in the name illegal immigrants", Aman told Al Jazeera. At the time, the couple had to present documents to prove their citizenship.

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The Eastern Command of the Indian Army had contacted Haque and has assured him of all possible assistance.

Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay also said that he will look into the matter why the notice was served to the former army officer.

"My father's name (Maqbool Ali) is in the 1966 voter's list, and in village surveys in 1961, 1962 and we have kheraj patta from 1963, while my mother's name (Rahimon Nesa) is mentioned in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC)", he said.

This entire exercise of finding the data, putting it at one place and asking citizens to prove their citizenship.

Social media criticised Assam police over the decision.

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