Assam: Passport office says citizenship of activist who contested against minister ‘doubtful’

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The citizenship of rights activist Pranab Dole, who contested from a regional party in the last assembly elections, has been termed as ‘doubtful’ by the police in its verification report under the passport renewal process. Dole claimed that this was a ploy to silence him as he often spoke against the BJP-led government.

Activist Pranab Dole alleged that the denial of passport to him was politically motivated. (Photo: Special Arrangement)

Guwahati: The citizenship of a candidate and rights activist, who contested from a regional party in the last Assam Assembly elections, has been termed as ‘doubtful’ by the police in its verification report. This report has been given by the police under the passport renewal process.

Pranab Dole, a member of the state’s native Mishing community, said that the regional passport office located here has asked him to appear in person and give proof of his citizenship. Dole said that his name was also registered in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31, 2019.

According to the report, Dole hails from Panbari Missing village under Bokakhat sub-division of Golaghat district of Assam. He belongs to the indigenous Mishing community of Assam, one of the largest tribes living in the northeastern state.

Assam rights activist Pranab Dole, who has been an outspoken critic of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, has been denied a passport by regional authorities, saying his Indian nationality has been called “doubtful” by the Assam Police. Gave.

It is noteworthy that during the assembly elections, Dole had contested against Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president and state government minister Atul Bora from Bokakhat on an Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) ticket and received a notice from the passport office on Monday. .

The Aanchalik Gana Morcha was part of the Congress-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’.

Dole, a senior leader of the important farmers’ organization ‘Jeepal Krishak Shramik Sangh’ in Golaghat, claimed that “this is a ploy to silence him as he often speaks against the BJP-led government”.

He claimed, “It happened because I take a critical and outspoken stand (against the government). I am a people’s leader and fighting for democratic rights… I am being targeted because I contested and gave a tough fight.

It is noteworthy that he was the second candidate in his seat in the last assembly elections.

It is worth noting that Dole had applied for renewal of passport on April 7 this year. The letter sent by the Passport Office to Dole said that his “citizenship is doubtful as per the police verification report”.

From his hometown Bokakhat the wire Speaking to TOI, Dole said that on December 20, he received a letter from the Regional Passport Office in Guwahati, stating that ‘deficiencies’ were found in it while processing his renewal form. It said, ‘According to the police report your nationality is doubtful.’

He was personally advised to clear doubts (about his Indian citizenship) at the passport office.

Dole accused the Golaghat superintendent of police (SP) office of working in connivance with his political masters, saying, “This is clearly a political vendetta against me.” This is because I have been vocal about the eviction drive (around the periphery of Kaziranga National Park) and various policies of the government.

He further said, ‘Whenever I have raised an issue (under the banner of Jipal Krishak Shramik Sangh), the district police has registered a case against me. I have been arrested four times since 2016 during the BJP rule. There are six cases registered against me.

Responding to the letter from the Regional Passport Office, Dole said on Twitter on the evening of December 21, “I fight to save the Constitution and do not remain silent. I stood for election. PM Modi campaigned against me and now I have become a doubtful citizen while applying for passport.

Dole was referring to Narendra Modi’s rally in Bokakhat on March 21, 2021 during the assembly elections in support of Bora.

the dole the wire Told to, ‘My passport issued for ten years in 2010 expired at the end of 2020. I was busy campaigning. I applied for renewal soon after the polling ended on April 7 (in March).’

He added, ‘I was called to Bokakhat police station for proper police verification. There the OC and the sub-inspector told me that all my documents were clear and correct. Nevertheless, the SP’s office in Golaghat sent a report to the Regional Passport Office in Guwahati stating that my citizenship was under doubt. What if I consider this not political vendetta?’

The farmer rights activist further said, ‘This is the same SP office that gave me police approval to contest the 2021 assembly elections. The Election Commission of India and the Court declared me a suitable candidate to contest the Assembly elections, qualified to represent the people of Bokakhat in the State Legislative Assembly. Yet suddenly the Assam Police finds my citizenship suspicious, despite submitting all my papers!’

Dil said, ‘This is also condemnable as the authorities are being forced to play with the rights given to every citizen by the Constitution.’

Dole said that he would soon approach the district police to send a clarification report regarding his application. When Golaghat Superintendent of Police Sumit Sharma was contacted on this matter, he said that he was not aware of the details of the matter.

At the same time, the opposition parties of the state have given a sharp process on this matter. AIUDF MLA Ashraful Hussain alleged that “government machinery is being misused” to harass Dole.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee’s chief spokesperson Babita Sharma has called it shameful.

He tweeted, ‘How can the citizenship of a person named Dole be in doubt? He belongs to the Mishing ethnic community. He is the son of the land. Nothing can be more shameful than this.

It is noteworthy that Mishing is a local community of Assam and according to the 2011 census, their population in the state is seven lakhs.

Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and President of Anchalik Gana Morcha, has also expressed his reaction on the social media platform.

He wrote, ‘Bhumiputra, a farmer’s rights activist, who contested the assembly elections and against whom the Prime Minister also campaigned, is called a dubious citizen – what can be more humiliating? Is it because he is one of the few activists outspoken against the regime?’

(with input from news agency language)

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