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03/06/2019 12:23 PM IST | Updated 03/06/2019 12:24 PM IST

Witnesses Accuse Officer Of Conspiracy After Kargil War Veteran Declared Foreigner In Assam

They allege that they have been false included as witnesses by the Officer Chandramal Das.

Rohini Mohan
Army veteran Mohammad Sanaullah

Witnesses in the case of Kargil war veteran Mohammad Sanaullah, who was recently declared a foreigner and detained by the Assam police, have filed case against the Investigating Officer, saying they never recorded a statement, ANI reported

They allege that they have been falsely included as witnesses by Officer Chandramal Das.

“The witnesses are residents of Sanaullah’s village. The inspector had conspired, falsely included their names as witnesses and wrote false statement. When they came to know, they filed a case against him. Police never met them or took a statement,” Sanaullah’s relative Fazlul Haq told ANI.

A tribunal in Assam had declaring a Kargil war veteran a foreigner last Wednesday and sent him to detention centre.

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the NRC state coordinator to ensure that fair procedure is adopted in dealing with the claims and objections on inclusion of citizens in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).

 

A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose, without referring to any specific matter, said “disturbing” reports have emerged in the media regarding procedure to deal with claims and objections.

Family members of Sanaullah, a resident of Kolohikash village in Kamrup district, have said they will approach the Gauhati High Court against the tribunal’s order.

Sanaullah has been serving as assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in border police.

A case was registered in 2008 after Sanaullah’s name was listed as a ‘D’ (doubtful) voter in the voters list, according to Kamrup district Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjib Saikia.

After the verdict of the tribunal, Saikia said police according to laid down procedure, picked up Sanaullah and took him to the detention camp in Goalpara district to be lodged there.

Before proceeding to the camp, Sanaullah told waiting journalists that he is an Indian citizen and has all the necessary documents of his citizenship.

He said he served the country’s interests for 30 years (1987-2017), joining the force as an official of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering department and was also awarded with President’s Medal in 2014.

The Congress had hit out at the BJP government over the issue, saying it shows the “high-handedness and flawed manner” in which the NRC exercise is being implemented in the northeastern state.

The draft Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on July 30, 2018 in which the names of 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore people were included. The names of 40,70,707 people did not figure in the list. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.

(With PTI inputs)