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Retired Army JCO Asked To Prove His Nationality By The Government

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Assam police filed a case against retired JCO of Indian Army Mohd Azmal Hoque accusing him of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. In the

2, located at Boko under Kamrup district in Assam, has issued a notice to Haque and said that he was accused of illegally entering Assam without any valid documents after March 25, 1971.

"After 30 years of service I have to face such insult.If I were an illegal Bangladeshi, how could have I serve the Indian army?".

The foreigner's tribunal asked Azmal to appear before the court before Sept 11 in the case no BFT 1082/2016, but he received the notice after the expiry date. He will ap pear before the tribunal on October13, he added. In 2012, I got a notice saying I was a "doubtful foreigner", but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court which had declared me an Indian citizen.

In a twitter video uploaded by Aman Wadud, Haque has expressed his grief after being served a notice to prove his citizenship. "The investigating authorities, like the Election Commission of India and the Assam Border police, randomly pick and frame Indian citizens as illegal immigrants and send their cases to the Foreigners Tribunal. How many times we need to prove our citizenship?" asked the army veteran. Azmal Haque joined the Indian Army in 1986 as a mechanical engineer and he was appointed as a JCO by former President APJ Abdul Kalam on January 19, 2003 in the rank of Naib-Subedar.

Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay told PTI that it was "a matter of procedure" and that the foreigners tribunal did not take into account whether a person was an Army personnel or not while serving notice.

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Infiltration from Bangladesh is a sensitive issue in the eastern state. Why do I have to be humiliated so many times?

"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. There was no communication from the Assam Government after the issue came to light in the media.

Earlier in 2012 Haque was accused of being an illegal immigrant in 2012 by Foreigns' Tribunal.

Haque, however, claims he was born in Kamrup district of Assam in 1968, and that his mother's name features in the 1951 National Register of Citizens. Unlike the criminal cases, in cases related to the Foreigners' Tribunal, the onus of proving one's citizenship lies with the individual.

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