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Kargil War Veteran Declared Foreigner

Author: Ankita Karn [REVA University, Bangalore]

 The Kargil War Veteran Mohammad Sanaullah who was declared to be a Foreigner by a Tribunal in Assam on May 23, and was then sent to a detention centre in Goalpara District Jail on May 29.

 Mohammad Sanaullah, a resident of Kolohikas village in Kamrup district in Assam retired as a Lieutenant in the Army and also a Kargil War Veteran was serving as an assistant sub- inspector (ASI) in the Border Police. He was declared a foreigner by a Foreigners Tribunal in Assam’s Kamrup district on May 23 and sent to a detention camp in Goalpara, has been discharged by the Assam Police.

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He was termed as a foreigner and sent to the detention camp after his name was not found in the National Register of Citizens (NRC). NRC is a record or register which contains the name of all genuine Indian Citizen residing in the State of Assam. The NRC is now being updated to register every individual or their descendants who appear in the NRC, 1951 or in any Electoral Rolls upto midnight of 24 March 1971 or other admissible documents which were issued upto midnight of 24 March 1971 which is an evidence of their presence in Assam or in any part of India at that particular period of time.

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The Special Director General of Police (Border) has order in reference to Mr. Sanaullah and declared him as a foreign national of post March 25, 1971 on May 29. He was discharged from the service after this order and also from all types of government services. The family of Sanaullah has filed a petition in Guwahati High Court and they hold the accountability to the authorities for alleging him in false issues and botched up investigation to persecute Sanaullah. They said that even after giving all the required document and identification which is required to prove an individual’s nationality, Sanaullah was sent to the detention camp in Gopala District Jail. They have further accused the authorities for targeting one specific community in Assam under the NRC procedure. His family made statement of how one community people are being ill treated and victimized in the State of Assam. Sanaullah’s nephew further made the statement that they have produced every single document which proves Sanaullah to be an Indian citizen but then also he is being charged as a foreign citizen. His nephew lamented out the treatment given to his Uncle, who has served the nation for a very long time and had also fought in Kargil War. His nephew revealed that earlier in the year 2008, someone had filed a complaint alleging the same facts and issues but then also Sanaullah’s family had produced all the relevant documents to the authorities.

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Since, no proper judgment has come yet, Sanaullah who is a Kargil war Veteran is still fighting for his rights to prove himself to be an Indian Citizen under NRC provisions and his family is also being supported by the Indian Army in ongoing investigation.

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