Mohammad Azmal Hoque a retired Junior Commissioned Officer who served the Indian Army for 30 years,has been asked to prove that he is an Indian citizen and not an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh.According to the reports Hoque, a Guwahati resident, has been placed in the ‘doubtful-voter’ category by Assam’s illegal migrant tribunal, alleging he entered India after 25 March 1971.Even Hoque’s wife Mumtaj Begum, was summoned by the foreigners’ tribunal in 2012 on similar grounds.
Hoque defended himself stating that his citizenship credentials were verified, when he had applied for a franchisee of a customer point of a bank in May.
Hoque reiterated that his family is indigenous Assamese, pointing to the fact that his father’s name had been mentioned in the 1966 voter list. He added that his mother’s name was also mentioned in the 1951 National Register of Citizens.
“I have served the Indian Army for 30 years. 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. 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,” : Hoque.
— Aman Wadud (@AmanWadud) September 30, 2017
Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is an emotive issue in Assam. As per the 1985 Assam Accord, 25 March, 1971 is the cut off date for detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis.