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After 30 years of service, retired Army officer asked to prove citizenship

Mohd Azmal Haque, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) who had retired from service on September 30, 2016, in a video on Saturday said that he had received the notice placing him in the doubtful-voter category.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 1, 2017 10:17:23 pm
assam, assam army officer, army officer, indian army, Mohd Azmal Haque, Junior Commissioned Officer, assam illegal immigrant The retired JCO said, he had missed the first date of appearing before the tribunal on September 11 as he had received the notice after that date. (Source: Twitter/ @AmanWadud)

A retired Indian Army officer based in Assam has claimed that the state police has sent him a notice asking him to prove that he is not an illegal Bangladeshi migrant. Mohd Azmal Haque, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) who had retired from service on September 30, 2016, in a video on Saturday said that he had received the notice, from the Foreigners’ Tribunal, placing him in the doubtful-voter category. The notice also charged him with having entered India in 1971 without proper documents, he said.

“I have served the Indian Army for 30 years,” Haque said adding that he had received the notice asking him to appear before a local tribunal on October 13 with relevant documents to prove his Indian citizenship. Haque was appointed as Junior Commissioned Officer by the former president late APJ Abdul Kalam.

The retired JCO said, he had missed the first date of appearing before the tribunal on September 11 as he had received the notice after that date, as reported by PTI. He said he will appear before the tribunal on October 13.

“In 2012 also, I had received a notice saying I was a doubtful voter but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court and it had declared me as an Indian citizen”, he said. “Why do I have to be humiliated so many times? I request the prime minister, the president and the home minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen,” Haque said. He further said that in 2012 his wife Mamtaj Begum was also summoned by the tribunal to prove her citizenship.

The issue was brought to the attention of the Army by a twitter post of lawyer and activist Aman Wadud. Replying to Wadud’s tweet, Major DP Singh, notified the Eastern Command which said, “necessary assistance will be provided to the veteran”. Meanwhile, Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay has said that the police was looking into it.

Azmal Haque’s son who studies at the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun aspires to serve the Indian Army.

with PTI inputs

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