Guwahati : Assam Police here detained a Kargil War veteran and serving police officer on Wednesday after a court declared him a foreigner, in one of the most controversial outcomes of India’s effort to clamp down on illegal immigration from neighboring Bangladesh.
Kargil war veteran declared “foreigner”. Put into detention camp
Millions of people in Assam are scrambling to prove their citizenship after the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party mandated residents of Assam to produce documents providing that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.
Police said they sent Mohammad Sana Ullah, 52, to a detention centre in Assam based on the order of a Foreigners’ tribunal.
“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 to told the journalists.
“We only abide by the Tribunal’s order and not aware on what grounds or why he was declared a foreigner.”
Foreigner’s tribunal declare Kargil War veteran as “Foreigner”
Mohammad Sana Ullah’s lawyer said it was a case of mistaken identity as the order cited his client as a labourer who came to India after 1971 without legal documents. Ullah’s family said they had Assam land records going back to 1935.
On being interviewed by the journalists, Sana Ullah said, “This is the reward I got after serving for 30 years in the Indian Army.” Sana Ullah is 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.”