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Assam BJP MLA, family served 'doubtful citizen' notices

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

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constituency in along with several members of his family have been served notices by the Foreigners' Tribunal, suspecting them of being "doubtful citizens".

The (FT) No 1 today sent notices to the MLA from Barak Valley, Kishore Nath, his wife Nilima Nath, four brothers -- Matilal Nath, Pradip Nath, Jagdish Nath, -- and sister-in-law Rakhi Nath, the said.

As per the notices, along with his family members, who are residents of Ward 28, have been asked to appear before an FT to prove that they are citizens of

Stating that he and his family were indigenous citizens of India, Nath said he will move court with the requisite documents to prove his citizenship.

The blamed the previous government in the state for having instructed the tribunal to randomly pick out names for serving such notices.

Nath has apprised the of the Assembly about the FT notice served to him and his family, sources said.

A series of protests have rocked over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, with locals fearing it would breach the clauses of the Assam Accord which states that all the illegal foreigners who came to the state after 1971 from Bangladesh, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants belonging to six communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- eligible for Indian citizenship after six years of residence in the country.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:55 IST