Mohammed Sanaullah, an Army veteran from Assam, in custody Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Family members of Mohammed Sanullah, the Indian Army veteran who was sent to a detention camp in Assam’s Goalpara district after being declared a ‘foreigner’ by a Foreigners’ Tribunal on Tuesday, have blamed the Assam Police Border Organisation for allegedly conspiring against genuine Indian citizens in the name of detecting D-Voters.

Family members have sought immediate action from the government, especially against the erring police officials involved in such activities.

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 said.

A copy of the notice served to Army veteran Mohammed Sanaullah by the Foreigners’ Tribunal in Boko, Kamrup (rural) district
A copy of the statement prepared by Boko Police on Mohamed Sanaullah (Part 1)
A copy of the statement prepared by Boko Police on Mohamed Sanaullah (Part 2)
A copy of the statement prepared by Boko Police on Mohamed Sanaullah (Part 3)
Documents relating to Mohammed Sanaullah verified by the Indian Army (Part 1)
Documents relating to Mohammed Sanaullah verified by the Indian Army (Part 2)
Documents relating to Mohammed Sanaullah verified by the Indian Army (Part 3)
Mohammed Sanaullah’s school leaving certificate dated December 30, 1985 issued by the headmaster of Govt Aided Champupara High School in Assam’s Kamrup district 

According to Haque, the border police on July 27, 2008 recorded a statement with a fake thumb impression of Sanaullah, which said that is a Bangladeshi national and resided in a government land at Kalahi village under Boko police station. “The entire statement is false. It was written that Sanaullah has no education and earning his livelihood by working as a daily wage labourer. However, at that time, he was working in the Indian Army and was posted in Imphal, Manipur,” he said.

Documents available with EastMojo further showed that, 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.

“Is it possible for a person who has passed HSLC exam in second division will give a thumb impression in any official document? Names of three witnesses were also given in the statement, recorded by Chandramal Das, the then SI of Boko PS. All the witnesses — Amjad Ali, Quran Ali and Subghan Ali — have clarified to us that no one contacted them to give their names as witnesses and neither did they share any information regarding Sanaullah to police. All information relating to his wife and siblings are also false,” Haque alleged.

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As per Haque, the Foreigners’ Tribunal even refused to consider the documents provided by the Indian Army. “We submitted all documents approved by the Indian Army regarding the personal details and nationality of Sanaullah. Despite all these, the Foreigners’ Tribunal declared him as a foreigner. It’s not only unfortunate, but ridiculous,” he regretted, adding: “The same thing happened to me as well. But I submitted all necessary documents again. Hopefully, my name will be published in the upcoming NRC.”

“We are Army men. We love our country. During our entire career, we have worked for the betterment of my country and its people. In the end, if we have to see something like this, then it hurts,” he said.

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

A copy of the letter issued by the SP (B) of Assam’s Kamrup district
The order letter issued by the Special Director General of Police (Border), Assam to discharge Mohammed Sanaullah from service

Meanwhile, following the Foreigners’ Tribunal’s decision to send Sanaullah to detention camp, the office of the SP (B) Kamrup, Amingaon (vide letter no: KP(B)/DF/175/2019/680, dated: 30/5/20-19), a copy of which is with EastMojo, directed the officer in charge of Satgaon PS, Kamrup (Metro) to close the uniform articles along with identity card and submit it to the Border Police.

Talking to EastMojo, Sanima Begum, wife of Sanaullah, urged the governments, both the Centre and the state, to take up the issue and make necessary arrangements so that her husband can be released ahead of Eid. “My humble request to the authorities concerned is that no genuine citizens of the country should be harassed in the name of detection of foreigners,” she added.

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