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Foreigner with voter and adhaar cards!

Nagaon police nabs absconding foreigner, sends her to detention camp in Tezpur

Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 24: The Gauhati High Court has genuine reasons to wonder as to how a declared foreigner can do the vanishing act for long 12 years only to obtain a voter identity card and an adhaar card to show her as an Indian citizen. Such incidents are seen only in Assam where anything can happen!   
What is even more surprising is that there is no dearth of people extending their helping hands to such foreigners so as to make them get important documents like voter identity cards and adhaar cards and the like – obviously through fraudulent means – besides giving shelter.
Jahira Khatun was declared a foreigner way back in 2005 since when she did the vanishing act – changing her shelters frequently for long 12 years. All of a sudden she sprang a surprise by filing a petition before the Gauhati High Court in 2017 challenging the order of the Foreigner Tribunal that had declared her a foreigner. In order to show her as an Indian citizen, she produced a voter identity card and an adhaar card as supporting documents.
The High Court was taken aback as to how a declared foreigner could obtain documents like voter cards and adhaar cards. The High Court had to ask Dispur to nab the woman immediately. She did the vanishing act yet again.
Nagaon police formed a special team to nab Jahira soon after. She, however, had been able to give police the slip for a few months by changing her hideouts frequently. However, on Monday last the police nabbed her from Kandulimari near Dhing. The police also arrested five others on the charge of giving her shelter and helping her obtain documents in favour of her claim for Indian citizenship. The arrested five are Sahidul Islam, Maxidul Islam, Saidul Islam, Wahidul Islam and Nasir Uddin. The police filed a case (50/18) in this connection at Juria police station.
Talking to The Sentinel, Nagaon SP Shankar Barata Raimedhi said: “Jahira had been changing her shelters frequently over the years. Some people were helping her by giving shelter and in obtaining documents like voter card and adhaar card. She had been doing the vanishing act since 2005 when she was declared a foreigner by the Foreigner Tribunal. However, on Monday after engaging a number of sources we succeeded in nabbing her. Now she has been sent to the detention camp located at Tezpur. The five persons arrested for helping her have been sent to judicial custody.” 

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