After Serving 30 Years In Army, Veteran Told To Prove He's Indian

Retired Army soldier from Assam asked to prove he is Indian

Assam Police has accused a retired Indian Army soldier, who serve as Junior Commissioned Officer for 30 years, of being an illegal immigrant.

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 tribunal will begin hearing on October 13.

Reportedly, Haque's wife Mamtaj Begum was also summoned by a foreigner's tribunal in 2012 to prove her citizenship.

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.

Last month, he was issued summons by a foreigners tribunal in Assam to prove his identity.

Again on March this year, 11 people in Kalikajari village who were referred by the border police force to the Tribunal, were descendents of Moulavi Muhammad Amiruddin, the deputy speaker of the first legislative assembly of Assam, who served between 1937 and 1946. "I have served in the most hard terrains during my service period".

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It further said if Haque thinks otherwise, he needs to be present at the court in Kamrup district with proper documents to prove if he is an Indian. "Azmal Haque, served in Indian Army for 30yrs, Retd as Junior Com Officer, now accused of being illegal immigrant by AssamPolice".

According to records from 2015, the number of tribunals increased to 100 soon after the number of cases on alleged illegal migrants increased, according to India Today report. The police have registered a case against Hoque, alleging he had entered Assam illegally without any valid documents.

Haque has claimed that he was in Assam's Kamrup district in 1968 and that his mother's name features in the 1951 National Register of Citizens.

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 fighting these cases had said earlier to DNA that most of these cases are marred by arbitrary and shoddy investigations.

This entire exercise of finding the data, putting it at one place and asking citizens to prove their citizenship.

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