Assam NRC: Now A BSF Sub-Inspector, His Wife Declared ‘Foreigners’
Muzibur Rahman, who is currently posted in Punjab, came to know about the judgement when he came home on leave in July last week.
An assistant sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) and his wife have been declared “foreigners” by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in eastern Assam’s Jorhat town.
According to a report in The Hindu, the tribunal declared Muzibur Rahman and his wife, based in Golaghat district’s Udaypur-Mikirpatty, as non-Indians in an ex parte judgement in July. Oddly, the citizenship of Rahman’s parents and siblings are not in doubt.
Rahman, who is currently posted in Punjab, came to know about the judgement when he came home on leave in July last week. According to him, the Assam police’s border wing that tasked with detection and deportation of foreigners had allegedly relied on a “drunkard’s account” to submit a report to the tribunal against him.
“We have land documents of 1923. It is a pity that a genuine Indian citizen has been made a foreigner on the basis of a drunkard’s feedback. My family did not receive the tribunal’s notice. The chief of our village also did not inform me when I was away on duty,” Rahman told The Hindu, adding that he had approached the Gauhati High Court.
Earlier this year, Mohammed Sanaullah, who retired from the Indian Army as an honorary lieutenant on May 31, 2017, had been declared a “foreigner” by the Foreigners’ Tribunal. Speaking to NewsCnetral24x7, Ajmal Hoque, Sanaullah’s cousin asked: “After serving the Army for 30 years, this is how we are treated. We are hurt; we are upset. We will go to the (Guwahati) High Court now. Modi speaks about nationalism. Is this how retired Army men are treated?”