I’m grateful to CJP for defending my citizenship: Mujafar Hosen

The 63-year-old had been served a Suspected Foreigner notice by the Assam Border Police and asked to appear before a Foreigners’ Tribunal

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On August 10, the Assam Team of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) helped yet another Assam man achieve closure when we delivered to him a copy of a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) order declaring him Indian. Until then, 63-year-old Mujafar Hosen had been riddled with anxiety, which also had an impact on his health.

Hosen, a farmer, is the son of Nayabulla Sheikh and is a resident of Dharai village (Part 1 – Bazar), which falls under the jurisdiction of theLakhipur police station of Goalpara district in Assam.He has three sons – one works in a private firm, another is a labourer and the third is a student of class seven.

On March 6, 2022, when CJP District Volunteer Motivators (DVM) Zesmin Sultana and Roshminara Begum visited him, he told them that he had been served Suspicious Foreigner notice a few days ago, and had been asked to defend his citizenship before an FT.

“He had been asked to appear before the FT No. 3 – Goalpara for the first time on March 15. The CJP team agreed to help him, and Advocate AshimMobarakfrom our legal team appeared for him before the FT on that day,” informs Sultana.

Advocate Mobarak defended Hosen’s case (FT Case No – 1741/GLP/2022). With CJP’s help, Hosen submitted the following documents:

  • Certified copy of the voters list of 1960 containing his father’s name and voters lists of 1966 and 1970 containing his mother’s name

  • Certified copies of Khatian (a type of land document) in the name of his father from 1962 and 1966

  • Certified copy of voters lists of 1979, 1985, 1997, 2005, 2015 and 2021 containing Mujafar Hosen’s own name

He also submitted that that he was born and raised in Chotokalia village, which falls under the jurisdiction of South Salmara Police Station that was at that time a part of the Goalpara district.

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Finally, our efforts paid off and the FT ruled in favour of Hosen. The FT ruled, “Considering the entire material on record… Mujafar Hosen is not foreigner as such; he acquired citizenship of India by birth.”

On August 10, we got a copy of the FT order and delivered it to Hosen. Feeling much relieved, he said, “When I first received the notice, I began to been extremely nervous. But the CJP team gave me courage and I felt grateful that they had agreed to help me navigate this crisis.”

Hosen who had been ailing for sometime said, “My health had been declining, especially after receiving the FT notice, but now that I have been declared Indian with CJP’s help, I feel cured! It as if my health and happiness have both been restored.”

A copy of the FT order may be read here:


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