After declaring an ex-army as a foreigner, another CISF jawan serves D-Voter notice in Assam
By Our Correspondent, 08/07/2019, Guwahati

After Md. Sanaullah – an ex-army who was declared as a foreigner by the Foreigners’ Tribunal, another Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan in Assam has been served notice as a Doubtful Voter (D-Voter). The CISF jawan – Mamud Ali hails from Nagarbera’s Dalagaon area under Boko Assembly Constituency in Assam’s Kamrup district, was served notice as a Doubtful Voter (D-Voter) by the Foreigners’ Tribunal. Mamud Ali said that the notice forced him to rush home from West Bengal’s Bankura, where he is currently posted. The CISF jawan, who served the nation for last 25 years, had submitted forms with documents along with his family members for inclusion their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but the NRC authority has rejected his name due to D-Voter tag.

“Despite working in the CISF, I have been marked as D-Voter. I have worked for the nation. I do not know how I should prove my Indian citizenship. I am serving the nation for last 25 years. Now, I want justice,” Mamud Ali said. Mamud Ali further said that, he has all necessary documents since 1947 including his father’s school certificate.“I have the school certificate of my father of 1947, voter list of 1966, 1971. I am serving for the nation. The government has to take responsibility. What is the reason behind it,” Mamud Ali said.There are 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals now functioning in Assam to detect illegal foreigners.Recently, the Assam government had submitted a report before the Supreme Court that, over 72,000 people, who were declared foreigners by the Foreigners’ Tribunals or Gauhati High Court had fled and mixed with the local population.

An affidavit submitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs told the apex court that, 72,486 declared foreigners are absconding. It is to be mentioned that, the six-year long Assam Movement was started because of illegal migration. In 1978, while Hiralal Patwari died it was necessary to hold a by-election in the Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency to fill the seat. During the election process, observers noticed that a large number of registered voters had grown dramatically. All Assam Students Union (AASU) demanded that the elections to be postponed till the names of foreigner names were deleted from the electoral rolls and the Assam movement had developed from there.After six-year-long historical Assam movement, Assam Accord was signed between the All Assam Students Union (AASU), Union Government and Assam government on 15 August,

1985 in presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and according to the Assam Accord, foreigners who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971 shall continue to be detected, deleted and expelled in accordance with law. Immediate and practical steps shall be taken to expel such foreigners.Till January 2019, the Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam have declared 1,03,764 persons as illegal foreigners while the state government could deport only 29,829 persons.The Assam government has admitted it in the Assam assembly during the last state budget session. According to the Assam government data, a total of 6,26,793 cases have been registered against the suspected foreigners and the Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam has declared 1,03,764 persons as illegal foreigners.The state government has deported only 130 persons in past three years.The state government had deported 13 persons in 2016, 26 in 2017, 65 in 2018 and 26 in the first month of this year.