Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Ex-Armyman told to prove Indian citizenship

Armyman For 30 Years Now Accused Of Being Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrant Mohd Azmal Haque retired from the army as a Junior Commissioned Officer last year
Christy Curtis | 03 October, 2017, 01:50

The notice asked him to present his case before September 11 but the notice landed at his address late. He will now have to appear before the tribunal on October 13. He has been declared a "doubtful voter" by a Foreigners Tribunal which has summoned him to furnish proof of his nationality. "I request the Prime Minister, the President, and the Home Minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen", Haque told CNN-News18.

Interestingly, his wife, Mumtaz Begum, had to go through a similar situation back in 2012, when Azmal had been serving in Chandigarh. A foreigners' tribunal later held him an Indian citizen. Mohammad Azmal Hoque (above right), who retired as junior commissioned officer in 2016, joined the Army in 1986, DNA reported. "But it pains me when my daughter questions me if this is how the country treats those who serve it for so many years", he said.

"We produced all documents at the tribunal court that time".

After serving the Army for 30 years, a former Army man in Assam is accused of being a foreigner from Bangladesh.

Haque's lawyer, Aman Wadud, who is now gearing up to fight this case out in the tribunal took to Twitter on Saturday to expose how the retired Armyman was being humiliated.

According to records from 2015, the number of tribunals increased to 100 soon after the number of cases on alleged illegal migrants increased, according to India Today report.

The illegal infiltration of Bangladeshis has been a sensitive issue in Assam.

The Army's Eastern Command too has also pledged support to its retired officer. Local police questioning his nationality post retirement had caused unprecedented outrage on social media platforms with many linking the move to the officer being a Muslim in a BJP-ruled state. However, with the use of technology, the legacy data of National Register of Citizens (NRC) 1951 and electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971 have been digitsed and published and now every citizen of Assam has to find their ancestor details to claim their citizenship and large number of people have already done it. Unlike criminal cases, in cases related to the Foreigners' Tribunal, the onus of proving one's citizenship lies with the individual.

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