An NRC tribunal has declared an assistant sub- inspector of the Border Security Force from Assam and his wife foreigners. This comes weeks after the NRC tribunal declared Kargil war hero Mohammad Sanaullah foreigner leading to his arrest. Sanaullah was later released on bail by the Gauhati High Court.
The BSF officer in question is Muzibur Rahman, who is currently posted in Punjab and had no idea about being declared a foreigner in his own country, claimed his family. Jorhat Foreigners’ Tribunal had declared Rahman and his wife in December last year but the family was informed about this only last month, they claimed.
According to Rahman’s family members, the Jorhat Foreigners’ Tribunal told them that the BSF sub-inspector was declared a ‘doubtful (D)’ voter in July 2018 and was declared a foreigner in December the same year. However, his family was informed about the tribunal’s decision on 28 July this year.
“Probably those engaged in the NRC updating exercise have not done their duty properly. We want an error-free NRC and will always cooperate with the process. I urge the government to ensure that genuine Indian citizens are not harassed,” Rahman was quoted by news agency PTI.
His father told reporters that everyone else in his family except Rahman and his wife have found their names in the NRC, which is an acronym for National Register of Citizens.
When the draft NRC was published last year, as many as 40 lakh people had found their names missing from the register. The process is being carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court.