CISF jawan tagged doubtful voter, in Assam NRC exclusion list

first_imgA Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan in Assam has been served notice as a ‘D’, or doubtful voter less than two months after retired soldier Mohammed Sanaullah was declared a foreigner.The tag relegated Mamud Ali, 47, to the additional list of people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in Assam. This list has 1.02 lakh names that had earlier passed scrutiny to be in the draft NRC published in July 2018.D-voters are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials with their cases pending in one of 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) across Assam. But the notice that Mr. Ali received was from the NRC in the Kamrup district service centre that processed the documents of his family.Mr. Ali is posted at an industrial unit in West Bengal’s Bankura district. He took emergency leave and rushed back home in western Assam’s Dalagaon after a panchayat leader sent him the copy of the notice via WhatsApp.“I was under the impression that FTs send the D-voter notice, but the one I received bore the stamp of the panchayat. Nevertheless, I reached the NRC centre on July 6 for a hearing where police and paramilitary personnel were also present. They checked my documents and said my case would be cleared,” he said.But the CISF jawan, about to complete 24 years in service, felt slighted by the ordeal he was put through. “It was as if my father Karamat Ali Sheikh’s school certificate of 1947 and the voters’ lists of the 1960s sporting his name have no value,” he said.The citizenship of none of his four surviving siblings and others linked to his father’s legacy data has been doubted.“The CISF jawan’s case smacks of a conspiracy to make people D-voters. The NRC officials may now say they wrongly identified him as a D-voter, but are they authorised to detect doubtful voters?” asked Azizur Rahman, advisor of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union.Declared Indian but DTwo days before Mr. Ali’s “date with doubt”, a woman named Ranu Samaddar received a D-voter notice from an FT in western Assam’s Nalbari district. This is the second such notice she has received from the Assam Police’s border wing since 2004.In her late 50s and a mother of five, Ms. Samaddar was born in Bongaigaon district further west and was married to Shankar Samaddar of Nalbari district. Her husband died a few years ago.Ms. Samaddar challenged the earlier notice and the court in 2014 declared her an Indian. But her name was not included in the NRC. “It is so distressing to receive the same notice even after my citizenship was established through an extensive legal process. Does this mean our courts are meaningless and officials can do as they please?” she asked.Dies of depressionOn Monday, 29-year-old Amar Majumdar was found dead at his house in northeastern Assam’s Silapathar. He had been facing a D-voter case.Members of his family said he was suffering from depression for more than a month after his documents — they include his father Jatin Majumdar’s citizenship certificate of 1955 — were rejected by officials dealing with his case. “His NRC application was rejected too. He was worried about the future of his family and what would happen if they are thrown out of the country,” said a cousin who declined to be named.Mr. Majumdar left behind his wife and two children.last_img

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