Why did you doubt retired army officer’s nationality, Assam DGP asks local police

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After widespread outrage, Assam Director General of Police has asked his junior to explain why Mohammad Azmal Haque’s nationality was questioned. The state’s top cop Mukesh Sahay said that he had asked the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kamrup (rural) to explain why a letter was sent to Hoque in the first place.

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“We will look into the matter and find this was done. There will be action taken in case of any error on the part of the police,” Sahay told DNA.

Haque had retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after serving the Army for 30 years. Local police questioning his nationality post retirement had caused unprecedented outrage on social media platforms with many linking the move to the officer being a Muslim in a BJP-ruled state.

The Army’s Eastern Command too has also pledged support to its retired officer. An emotional Haque on Sunday had asked, “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.”

This is not the first time Haque has had to face such humiliation. Haque’s wife Mamataj Begum was accused as illegal immigrant earlier, however, Foreigners’ Tribunal later declared her an Indian citizen. Ex Army officer was born in Kamrup district of Assam in 1968.

“In 2012 also, I had received a notice saying I was a doubtful voter but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court and it had declared me as an Indian citizen”, he was quoted by PTI.

“My father’s name (Maqbool Ali) is in the 1966 voter’s list, and in village surveys in 1961, 1962 and we have kheraj patta from 1963, while my mother’s name (Rahimon Nesa) is mentioned in the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC),” he said.

Haque, who joined the Indian Army as a mechanical engineer in September 1986 and served the Indian Army for 30 years, last held the rank of a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) when he retired. He was appointed by then President late APJ Abdul Kalam in 2003.

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