[He said a police verification is mandatory when anyone joins the army. The verification was conducted in his case as well. (Image/Twitter)]
Guwahati: Terming Mohammad Ajmal Haque, who had served in Indian Army for thirty long years, an illegal Bangladeshi migrant the Assam Police booked a case against him and asked him to prove his Indian citizenship, according to multiple media reports published today.
Mohd Ajmal Haque, who retired as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) last year, after serving the army for 30 years was living a peaceful life with his family at Guwahati, when he received a notice from a foreigners’ tribunal last month, according to Hindustan Times.
His case has been now referred to the foreigners' tribunal which will hear the matter on October 13.
"I am very sad, I cried a lot. My soul is broken... After 30 years of service I have to face such insult," the Army Veteran told NDTV.
"If I were an illegal Bangladeshi, how could I serve the Indian army?" he asked.
He said a police verification is mandatory when anyone joins the army. The verification was conducted in his case as well.
“I have served the Indian Army for 30 years. In 2012, I got a notice saying I was a ‘doubtful foreigner’, but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court which had declared me an Indian citizen.
"Why do I have to be humiliated so many times? I request the Prime Minister, the President, and the Home Minister to end this harassment of a proper citizen,” Haque told CNN-News18.
After a tweet highlighting Hoque's plight went viral, the Eastern Command of the Indian Army said that "necessary assistance" will be provided to the retired officer.
— Aman Wadud (@AmanWadud) September 30, 2017
Major DP, Thanks for your concern. The JCO has been contacted and necessary assistance will be provided till the issue is resolved.— EasternCommand_IA (@easterncomd) September 30, 2017
According to India Today, Ajmal 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.
Illegal immigration from Bangladesh is an emotive issue in Assam. As per the 1985 Assam Accord, 25 March, 1971 is the cut off date for detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis.