Assam: Ex-army man Haque asked to prove citizenship

Retired Assamese soldier asked to prove he is Indian

Mohd Azmal Hoque, who retired as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) a year ago has been branded as a Bangladeshi immigrant by Assam police and a case was registered against him alleging he entered Assam illegally without any valid documents after March 25, 1971, the day Pakistan army launched Operation Searchlight against the people of then East Pakistan.

It also charged him with having entered India in 1971 without proper documents, he said.

Mohammad Azmal Hoque, who retired from the army in September last year, was served a notice from a foreigners' tribunal in Assam in August this year, Hindustan Times reported.

DNA reported that the retired officer has been told to appear before the tribunal on 13 October.

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The ex-army personnel, in the video has requested the Indian President, Prime Minister and Home Minister to take adequate action so that rightful citizens are not harassed.

His wife Mumtaz Begum was also allegedly tagged a Bangladeshi immigrant back in 2012 after which the couple had to appear before the court to prove their citizenship.

These tribunals were set up in Assam to determine the status of citizens whose Indian nationality was found to be doubtful.

This not the first case, earlier Assam police constable Abu Taher Ahmed was asked to prove his Indian citizenship.

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Haque had retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after serving the Army for 30 years. Haque wondered why he had to be humiliated so many times.

On the accusation of being an illegal immigrant, he said, "If I were an illegal Bangladeshi, how could I serve the Indian army?". "Its a 2008 case and on Tuesday (October 3) when the court reopens, we will send for the documents".

"I'm very hurt at this treatment", said Haque whose elder son is studying at Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and aspires to be an army man. At present around 200,000 cases are pending in the foreigners tribunals.

Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is an emotive issue in Assam.

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As per the reports of ANI, Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay, has assured to look into "why the notice was served?" My mother Rahimon Nesa's name was also included in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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