Kargil war veteran declared foreigner: Probe report fabricated, allege witnesses

Based on complaints of the three witnesses, case has been lodged against the retired policeman who verified the documents and recorded the statement of former Army officer Mohammad Sanaullah. The three said their signatures were forged.

Three separate FIRs have been lodged against a retired policeman, who had verified the documents and recorded the statement of former Army officer Mohammad Sanaullah. The former Army officer was declared a “foreigner” and lodged in a detention centre in Assam.

The case was filed after the three persons whose names appeared as witnesses in Sanaullah’s statement, filed a complaint with the police alleging that the investigation report was fabricated.

Kural Ali, one of the witnesses, claimed to have never met the police officer for probe, NDTV reported. He said, “In 2008-09, I was not even in my village. I was in Guwahati, working with the government. Even Sanaullah was not here. He was with the Army.”

“An FIR has been registered based on the complaint by the three witnesses that the investigating officer [Das] did not take their witness and had forged their signatures, said Kamrup additional SP Sanjib Saikia as quoted by The Indian Express.

The complaints were filed against retired sub-inspector Chandramal Das of the Assam Border Police at the Boko police station by the three persons who accused Das of fabricating the investigation report.

Mohammad Kuran Ali, Suwahan Ali and Ajmal Ali alleged in the FIRs that Das, who was investigating Sanaullah’s case, did not call them for giving any statement or sign on any document as witnesses, officer in-charge of the Boko police station Jogen Barman told PTI.

The three persons, in their complaints, also said Sanaullah was a genuine Indian citizen and was being “harassed by the Assam Border Police, which has conspired to declare him a doubtful voter”.

The three also claimed that they came to know that they were made witnesses to Sanaullah’s statement from the social media, he said.

The police had registered three cases against Das under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Barman said.

FORMER COP SAYS SANAULLAH NOT THE MAN HE INVESTIGATED

Meanwhile, retired cop Chandramal Das has claimed that Mohammad Sanaullah was not the man he investigated, NDTV has reported.

He has claimed that he also investigated a person named Sanaulla and same names could have resulted in a mix-up of reports at the administrative level.

THE CASE

Sanaullah, who had won a president’s medal, was declared a “foreigner” by the Foreigners Tribunal, Kamrup, following a case registered in 2008 after his name was listed as a “D” (doubtful) voter.

After the verdict of the tribunal, Sanaullah, a resident of Kolohikash village in Kamrup district was lodged in a detention camp in Goalpara.

Sanaullah’s lawyer Aman Wadud said when the Foreigners Tribunal heard the case, the retired Army personnel was deployed in Manipur and had not given any statement in court.

The Kargil war veteran’s family members have decided to file a case in the Gauhati High Court against the Assam Border Police and Das for allegedly conspiring to declare Sanaullah a “foreigner”.

Source: India Today

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