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Army veteran Mohammed Sanaullah was sent to a detention centre in Goalpara after a Foreigners’ Tribunal declared him a non-citizen last week
Army veteran Mohammed Sanaullah was sent to a detention centre in Goalpara after a Foreigners’ Tribunal declared him a non-citizen last week|EastMojo file
ASSAM

Assam Army veteran’s detention: Cops start probe against SI

3 FIRs filed by 3 ‘witnesses’ of statement recorded by border police’s Chandramal Das in 2008; statement had Mohammed Sanaullah ‘agreeing’ he hailed from Bangladesh

Jayanta K Goswami

Jayanta K Goswami

Guwahati: The Assam Police on Monday started an investigation against the then sub-inspector (SI) of Border Police, Chandramal Das, who has been accused of submitting fabricated documents to declare an Army veteran, Mohammed Sanaullah, as a foreigner.

The Boko police station, which falls under the Kamrup (Rural) district of Assam, has registered three separate cases (bearing numbers 474/2019, 475/2019 and 476/2019) under Section 466/471 of the IPC against the SI following three separate FIRs filed by Amzad Ali, Kuran Ali and Sobahan Ali on Sunday.

Initial investigation has already started, said the police. “However, it will take some time to reach a logical conclusion in the case. Now, we have to collect evidence and other important documents from the court,” Jogen Barman, OC, Boko police station, told EastMojo over phone.

The three persons were identified as witnesses in the statement recorded by Das on July 27, 2008. In the statement, it was "agreed” by Sanaullah with his thumb impression that he hailed from Bangladesh and resided in a government land at Kalahi village under Boko police station.

The trio have now alleged that no one from the border police or the district administration ever contacted them regarding the nationality of any person whatsoever.

“I have no idea about the fact that I was made a witness to the statement allegedly made by Sanaullah in front of the Border police SI Chandramal Das in 2008. During that time, I was not even in my village. I was in Guwahati working with the Assam State Pollution Control Board, Bamunimaidan, Guwahati. I was no way related. My name has unnecessarily been taken and used by the border police,” alleged Mohammad Kuran Ali, while talking to EastMojo soon after submitting the FIR at the Boko police station against Chandramal Das.

Md Kuran Ali’s name was given as one of the three witnesses in the statement made by Das for Sanaullah.

The other two "witnesses”, Md Sobahan Ali and Md Amzad Ali Ahmed, have already refuted their role in the statement prepared by the border police.

The FIR filed by Amzad Ali Ahmed against the then SI of border police Chandramal Das
The FIR filed by Amzad Ali Ahmed against the then SI of border police Chandramal Das
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The FIR filed by Md Kuran Ali against the then SI of border police, Chandramal Das
The FIR filed by Md Kuran Ali against the then SI of border police, Chandramal Das
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FIR filed by Sobahan Ali against against the then SI of border police, Chandramal Das
FIR filed by Sobahan Ali against against the then SI of border police, Chandramal Das
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Expressing serious concern over the entire issue, Md Kuran Ali along with Md Sobahan Ali and Md Amzad Ali Ahmed filed three FIRs separately against Das on Sunday.

In their respective FIRs, all the three persons have alleged that they were not consulted before putting their names as witnesses in the case. Terming it a conspiracy against them, they have further alleged that their respective signatures were also forged. “We have come to know about the issue only from the media only. We are no way related to this case. We demand strict action against the person involved in these unlawful activities,” the FIR read.

Sanaullah, who served the Indian Army 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 May 23.

Family members of the 52-year-old retired honorary captain have already 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.

Das, in the statement of Sanaullah, had said that Sanaullah was an illiterate man who was earning his livelihood by working as a daily-wage labourer.

However, according to his school leaving certificate issued by the Govt Aided Champupara High School in Assam’s Kamrup district on December 30, 1985, Sanaullah secured a second division in his Class X exams.

Ajmal Haque, Sanaullah’s cousin and a former Indian Army officer himself, alleged that the Assam Police Border Organisation submitted fake documents to file cases against Sanaullah. “It’s really unfortunate,” he told EastMojo, adding: “When the statement was prepared identifying Sanaullah was a daily wage labourer, he was serving the Army in Manipur.”

Earlier, Haque, who is also waiting to see his name in the upcoming NRC even after serving the Army for more than 30 years, told EastMojo that a majority of the cases at the Foreigners’ Tribunals are false. “Genuine Indian citizens are being harassed in the name of suspected nationality,” Haque had alleged.

Meanwhile, the office of the Special Director General of Police (Border), Assam, in an order (vide no BOO No 463, dated 29-05-2019), has already discharged Sanaullah from service with immediate effect and has deprived him of all the facilities as a government servant.