Assam: Ex-Congress minister’s citizenship under scanner

Assam: Ex-Congress minister’s citizenship under scanner

GUWAHATI, December 7, 2017: As the process of inclusion in the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) is continuing in full swing in the state, there have been apprehension over the entire process from several quarters with many applicants ranging from politicians to security personnel being asked to prove their citizenship.

The latest case was detected recently when a former Congress minister, Siddeque Ahmed, has been asked to go for re-verification to prove his citizenship before his name finds place in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951, which is being updated in the state.

A three-time legislator from South Karimganj constituency from 2001 to 2011, Ahmed (53) is a native of the Dhalopar village under the Patherkandi police station in Karimganj district in south Assam. He said “I received the notice on December 2. NRC officials said they will visit my home tomorrow (Thursday) for re-verification”. Ahmed also said he had no clue as to why a re-verification order was issued in his name.

He also said, “I had submitted all documents when applying for inclusion in the NRC. It is surprising because only my antecedents will be reviewed but not those of my wife”.

His family members have not received any such notice either. “My father Abdul Rakib’s name is enrolled in the 1951 NRC, based on which the updating is being carried out now. His name is also enrolled in the electoral rolls of 1966. I have also submitted land documents registered in the name of forefather’s way back in 1832”.

He further added that Ahmed, who was dropped as a minister by then chief minister Tarun Gogoi from the ministry for dissidence in 2014, lost the 2016 election to AIUDF candidate Aziz Ahmed Khan.

The Register of Citizenship Registration for re-verification process is being carried out by officials for registration by visiting the homes of those whose documentation requires further scrutiny.

Ahmed is among 86,000 other applicants in Karimganj district whose documents are be re-verified from December 1 — of which 16,000 are in Patherkandi circle alone.

(TNT with inputs from The Times of India city)

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