Kargil war veteran declared ‘foreigner’ in Assam

Guwahati | A Kargin war veteran and serving police officer, Mohammed Sana Ullah, was detained in Assam after being declared a ‘foreigner’.

The Modi government, in order to put a restraint on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, has made it mandatory for the residents to prove their citizenship. The residents have to produce documents proving their stay before 1971.

“He served the Indian army for 30 years but was declared as a foreigner … and as per prescribed norms we have sent him to the detention camp,” Mousumi Kalita, a senior police official in Assam, told journalists.

“We only abide by the tribunal’s order and not aware on what grounds or why he was declared a foreigner.”

Mohammed Sana Ullah’s lawyer said it was a case of mistaken identity. According to the order, his client is a labourer who came to India after 1971 without legal documents.

Ullah’s family said they had land records that go way back to 1935.

“This is the reward I got after serving for 30 years in the Indian army,” said Mohammed Sana Ullah, currently a deputy inspector in the border wing of the Assam Police.

“I am an Indian, very much an Indian and will forever remain an Indian”, he told Reuters.


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