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Ex Armyman from Assam Branded as 'Bangaldeshi'

Ex Armyman from Assam Branded as 'Bangaldeshi'

Ex Armyman from Assam Branded as 'Bangaldeshi'

The Foreigners' Tribunal No 2 located at Boko under Kamrup district in Assam has issued a notice to Ajmal Haque and said that he was accused of illegally entering Assam without any valid document after March 25, 1971.

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. The Assam police have also registered a case against him, which will be heard by the foreigners' tribunal on October 13. "I request the prime minister, the president and the home minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen".

Haque said that his wife Mumtaz Begum also faced similar allegations in 2012.

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.

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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After a tweet highlighting Hoque's plight went viral, the Eastern Command of the Indian Army said that "necessary assistance" will be provided to the retired officer. At this point of time, there are more than 1,000 people lodged in detention centres without the probability of parole.

"If I were an illegal Bangladeshi, how could I serve the Indian army?" he asked.

Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is an emotive issue in Assam. We have proved all the documents to the court to prove our India citizenship.

"Hoque was never approached by any investigation agency and now he is being accused of being an "illegal immigrant". My mother Rahimon Nesa's name was also included in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC). 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.

Aman Wadud, Haque's lawyer, said that his client was never approached by any investigation agency. The onus to prove that one is an Indian citizen is on the person served with notice.

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