Mohd Azmal Haque, who had retired previous 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.
"I have served the Indian Army for 30 years". He will now have to appear before the tribunal on October 13. "We gave all the documents to the court then to prove our India citizenship", he said, adding that the names of both his parents, as well as the names of his wife's parents, figure in the 1966 voters list, which is enough to prove their Indian citizenship. "I request the prime minister, the president and the home minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen".
Not just him, his wife Mamataj Begum, was also served a notice by the Tribunal in 2012 to prove her citizenship. Foreigner's Tribunal of the state has now asked him to prove his nationality and has claimed that the person is an illegal immigrant.
After serving the Army for 30 years, a former Army man in Assam is accused of being a foreigner from Bangladesh. "I have served in the most hard terrains during my service period". We have proved all the documents to the court to prove our India citizenship.
Hoque joined the Indian Army as a mechanical engineer in September 1986 and held the position of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) when he retired in September 2016.
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The Army's Eastern Command said "necessary help" will be provided to Hoque, after an Army officer tweeted his story to it.
Aman Wadud, a lawyer who will appear for Haque during his trial, took to Twitter and posted a video on micro-blogging site.
"Hoque was never approached by any investigation agency and now he is being accused of being an "illegal immigrant".
Infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh has been a major issue in Assam. My mother Rahimon Nesa's name was also included in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC). At present around 200,000 cases are pending in the foreigners tribunals.
As per the reports of ANI, Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay, has assured to look into "why the notice was served?"