Retired Army soldier from Assam asked to prove he is Indian citizen


New Delhi: Appointed as the Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army; now retired after having served the forces for 30 years, ex-army engineer Mohammad Azmal Haque has been asked to prove that he is an Indian citizen.

The foreigners’ tribunal has summoned Azmal Haque to appear before it on October 13 with documents to prove that he is not an illegal migrant from Bangladesh living in India.

Azmal Haque’s wife Mumtaz Begum had to go through the same process in 2012 when Azmal Haque was still a mechanical engineer with the Indian Army serving at Chandigarh.

Azmal Haque received a notice from the Foreigner’s Tribunal last month asking him to appear before it with documents that may prove that he is a citizen of India by birth. The notice had asked Azmal Haque to present his case before September 11. But, the notice landed his place after the expiry of date.

Azmal Haque got another notice later asking him to appear before the foreigners’ tribunal in Guwahati on October 13. The tribunal has listed him in the category of ‘doubtful voters’.

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