I Am An Indian: Mohammad Sanaullah Who Was Detained As ‘Foreigner’

I am thankful to Gauhati High Court for granting me bail and I will get justice: Mohammad Sanaullah
I am thankful to Gauhati High Court for granting me bail and I will get justice: Mohammad Sanaullah
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Guwahati, June 10, 2019

Former Army officer and Kargil War veteran Mohammad Sanaullah‘s face beamed with sheer joy as he returned home in Guwahati from a detention camp in Goalpara on June 8th, 2019.

Sanaullah speaking with media persons here said, “I am thankful to the Gauhati High Court for granting me bail. I am sure I will get justice. I am an Indian and will remain one till my death.”

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The Gauhati High Court granted him bail against a bail bond of Rs 20,000, two local sureties and his biometrics. The court also directed Sanaullah not to move out of the territorial limits of Kamrup, without prior approval of Kamrup Superintendent of Police.

It may be mentioned, 52-year-old Sana Ullah who had served the Indian Army for 30 years before retiring in 2017 as a ‘Subedar’ was declared a ‘foreigner’ by the Foreigners’ Tribunal functioning in Boko in Kamrup district on May 23rd, 2019 and sent to a detention camp in Goalpara six days later.

He had approached the Gauhati High Court against the order of Foreigners Tribunal, which had found that he was an immigrant labourer from Bangladesh.

“This year, I missed the Eid celebrations at home as I was in the detention camp. I cried that day as I couldn’t be with my family but later I consoled myself that I will see them one day and today I am here with my family and seeing them happy makes me happy,” Sanaullah added.

On June 7th, 2019, a division bench of the Gauhati High Court acting on a petition filed by his family granted him interim bail subject to certain conditions. The next date of hearing of the case has been scheduled for two months later.