GUWAHATI – The case of declaring former army officer Mohammed Sanaullah ‘foreigner’ has caught the national attention raising questions that how can the Kargil veteran be a foreigner? However, the media investigation into the case shows that the probe report in his case was allegedly fabricated by the police officer.
The investigating police officer allegedly has forged the statements and signatures of eye witnesses who were quoted in the probe report.
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, who has been granted bail by the Guwahati High Court, was declared a “foreigner” and lodged in a detention centre in Assam.
Md. Kurban Ali, Md. Sobhan Ali, and Ajmal Ali — all from areas near Boko, a small town 60 km west of Guwahati — filed their cases against sub-inspector Chandramal Das at the Boko police station, claiming that he had never met them.
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.
According to NDTV, Kurban Ali, one of the witnesses, claimed to have never met the police officer for the probe. 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 Kurban 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.
In their complaints, they 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.
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 Sanaullah and same names could have resulted in a mix-up of reports at the administrative level.
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 had been lodged in a detention camp in Goalpara.
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”.
Sanaullah’s lawyer Aman Wadud is not surprised by the fabrication of the report. He said this happens in most of the cases of declaring someone foreigner.
“This is how things happen and are done. Mostly, there is no investigation before declaring someone illegal migrants. That is all what I can say,” said Wadud while talking to Caravan Daily.
However, he refused to further comment on the case as it is sub-judice. He said that he will not comment on the case as it is in the court.