33 C
Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Home
  • Videos

    Sonitpur Family Refuses To Receive Body Of ‘Illegal Foreigner’ Five Days After Death

    The body has been kept at the morgue of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital since the past five days

    The impasse over the last rites of an ‘illegal foreigner from Bangladesh’ continues as his family refused to receive the body unless the administration declares him a bonafide Indian citizen. The body has been kept at the morgue of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) since the past five days. ‘Mentally unstable’ Dulal Chandra Paul passed away on October 13th, 2019 in Guwahati.

    Paul, a resident of Alisinga was staying at the Tezpur detention camp since 2017 after a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) declared him a foreigner. He was admitted at the GMCH on September 28th, 2019.

    Even after five days of Paul’s death, the bereaved family has refused to receive the body. The family members told Time8 that officials are ‘exerting pressure’ to receive the body. “We will receive the body if the government issues a certified copy declaring that Paul as an Indian citizen and not a foreigner,” the family members said.

    “How could my father be a foreigner when all of the other family members are bonafide citizens of India? The government should decide first. My father had all the relevant documents of 1965. This incident has exposed the real picture of the FTs operating in the state,” Ashok Paul, son of deceased said while speaking to Time8.

    Meanwhile, several groups and organizations extended support to Paul’s family members’ decision to not accept the body until he is declared an Indian.

    “How can we accept the body of a foreigner and perform the last rites in India? We will continue to protest and won’t receive the body until and unless he is declared a citizen of India. And, if the administration continues to exert pressure on us to receive the body, our last decision will be to commit suicide,” Ashok added.


    Follow TIME8.IN on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and on YOUTUBE to stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time

    First published


    Assam’s Pranay Kalita killed in Manipur Ambush

    Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed his condolence for Kalita and the bereaved family

    Not More Than 6.5 Lakh People will Die of Covid-19: Medical Nutritionist

    Dr Choudhury argued, "Earlier, when the viruses like H1N1, Dengue and Chikungunya erupted in India, the administration never imposed social distance, containment zones and lockdown.

    Baghjan Blowout: ‘Dummy Run’ Today to Cap & Kill the Well

    Last week the final operation to kill and capping of the well got disrupted when three foreign experts sustained burn injuries while working on controlling the blaze

    This Diwali, Perk Up Your Home With These Super Easy Rangoli Designs

    Indians love colours and this love for colors is shown through rangolis

    In a letter to Javadekar, Assam Leader of Opposition objects to draft EIA

    The Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change had called for suggestions and objections to the draft by August 10