Declared an Indian in ’17, Assam cop again listed as doubtful voter

Guwahati, Jul 19: An Assam police officer’s 10-year-long struggle to prove his nationality continues even after he was declared an Indian citizen by a Foreigners Tribunal last year. Assistant sub-inspector Shah Alam Bhuyan has again been marked as a ‘D voter’ or doubtful voter in the state’s voter list even though he was declared an Indian citizen by the tribunal in 2017. The ‘D voter’ tag means Bhuyan will again have to wait till his case comes up in the Foreigners Tribunal where he will have to prove that he is an Indian citizen and not an illegal immigrant.
The ‘D voter’ tag may spell trouble not just for Bhuyan but for his family too. In a recent order, the Supreme Court had said the inclusion of ‘D voters’ and their descendants in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be kept on hold. The deadline to release the final draft of the NRC is July 30. There are 100 Foreigners Tribunals in Assam that adjudicate on cases of individuals whose citizenship is suspected by the border branch of the Assam police. (Agencies)