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October 18 2017, 11:04 | Irvin Gilbert
After 30 years of service, retired army officer from Assam branded as Bangladeshi
Mohd Azmal Haque, who had retired past year as Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) has posted a video on social media stating that he had received a notice from government placing him in the doubtful-voter category. 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.
The foreigners' tribunal will hear the case filed by Assam police against Mohd Azmal Haque on Oct 13. "I request the prime minister, the president and the home minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen", Hoque said.
"In 2012 police had registered similar case against my wife Mumtaz Begum". Foreigner's Tribunal of the state has now asked him to prove his nationality and has claimed that the person is an illegal immigrant.
Earlier, a foreigner's tribunal had summoned an Assam Police constable Abu Taher Ahmed from South Salmara police station in Assam-Bangladesh bordering district Dhubri, to prove that he is an Indian citizen. "But it pains me when my daughter questions me if this is how the country treats those who serve it for so many years", Hindustan Times quoted Haque as saying. We have proved all the documents to the court to prove our India citizenship.
Haque said that it was not possible to join the Army without a police verification, which in his case was also done.
On the other hand, a Guwahati based lawyer Aman Wadud has shared some documents of Azmal Haque's family on Twitter and said that Azmal Haque was born in Kamrup district in 1968. My mother Rahimon Nesa's name was also included in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC).
"Hoque was never approached by any investigation agency and now he is being accused of being an "illegal immigrant". Unlike criminal cases, in cases related to the Foreigners' Tribunal, the onus of proving one's citizenship lies with the individual.
A tripartite talk between centre, state and All Assam Students Union (AASU) in 1985 lead to signing of Assam Accord that says people who have migrated from East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) upto the midnight of March 24, 1971 as legal migrants and eligible for citizenship of India including Assam. There was no communication from the Assam Government after the issue came to light in the media.