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Mohammed Sanaullah, 52, was serving as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the Assam Police Border Organisation
Mohammed Sanaullah, 52, was serving as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the Assam Police Border Organisation|File image
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Kargil war veteran declared ‘foreigner’, detained in Assam

Mohammed Sanaullah’s arrest follows the order of a Foreigners’ Tribunal that declared him a non-citizen; family members have now approached Gauhati High Court

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Guwahati: Mohammed Sanaullah, who was the part of the Indian Army during the historic Kargil War in 1999 and served the forces for more than three decades, was sent to a detention camp in Goalpara after he was declared a ‘foreigner’ by a Foreigners' Tribunal in Assam on Tuesday.

Family members of the 52-year-old retired honorary captain have now approached the Gauhati High Court, less than 24 hours after he was detained.

Ironically, Sanaullah was serving as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the Assam Police Border Organisation, and was on the job of picking up suspected foreigners and serving them notices till last year.

Sources in the foreigners' tribunals have informed EastMojo that more than six other retired personnel of the Army and paramilitary forces of the state have been served with such notices in the past.

Hailing from Kalahikash village under Boko police station in Kamrup (rural) district, Sanaullah was served the notice on September 8, 2018, after which the Boko Foreigners' Tribunal declared him a foreigner on Tuesday.

After his retirement from the Indian Army, Sanaullah joined the Assam Police Border Organisation headquarters. In the Army, he was working with the Secunderabad-headquartered Corps of the Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME). His last posting was in Jammu & Kashmir.

'D voters’ or ‘doubtful voters’ are determined by special tribunals under the Foreigners' Act, and persons declared as 'D voters’ are not provided with an elector’s photo identity card.

In 2011, the Gauhati High Court ordered the D voters to be transferred to Foreigners' Tribunals set up under the Foreigners' Tribunal Order 1964, and lodged in detention camps set up across Assam.