102-year-old 'Bangladeshi' granted bail in Assam

Chandradhar Das spent nearly three months at a detention camp for illegal immigrants. He has been for long-suffering from dementia and was granted bail on humanitarian ground.

Published: 28th June 2018 10:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2018 02:11 AM   |  A+A-

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GUWAHATI: A centurion in Assam has been granted bail by a foreigners’ tribunal. Others do not meet such fate. 

Chandradhar Das, 102, who hails from southern Assam’s Barak Valley, spent nearly three months at a detention camp for illegal immigrants. He has been for long-suffering from dementia and was granted bail on humanitarian ground.

Das was arrested by the Border Police which is entrusted with the task of detecting illegal immigrants. Subsequently, his case was referred to the Foreigners’ Tribunal 6 (FT-6). In its judgement on January 2, the tribunal said it had given enough opportunity to Das to prove with documentary evidence that he is an Indian, not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. 

Last week, the Unconditional Citizenship Demand Forum, a Barak Valley-based group, had petitioned the district authorities seeking his release.

“We learnt about his condition from his daughter Niyati Roy who had approached us recently. We wanted that he gets treatment and is cared for in the twilight of his life. So, we met Cachar Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate) S Lakshmanan on Tuesday and sought his help,” the forum’s leader Kamal Chakraborty told The New Indian Express.

Lakshmanan said realising the sensitivity of the case, the FT-6 member whom the district authorities had approached, granted bail on humanitarian ground. It was granted also on legal count as the tribunal had been without a government pleader for long to handle such cases, he said.

Following his release, Das was taken to a hospital and discharged on Thursday morning. 

“We are very happy to get him back home. The time spent in the detention camp would have been very difficult for him had he not been a patient of dementia,” the centurion’s daughter said. She claimed that her father was an Indian, and not a Bangladeshi, as evident from his possessing a citizenship certificate which was issued in 1966 by the authorities in neighbouring Tripura. 

Das was lodged at the Silchar Central Jail where 108 others men and women are cooling their heels following their conviction as illegal immigrants by foreigners’ tribunals. Currently, six jails in the state house 986 ‘declared foreigners’.

Chakraborty alleged that people, who are illiterate, poor and know nothing about documents, are often harassed by Border Police on the suspicion that they are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.


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  • sohum

    How can a 102 year old man be treated as a Bangladeshi when India itself was partitioned in 1947. This means that his year of birth was 1916 when India was one nation. The two nation theory emerged only in the late 1940s. Before partition of India there was no Pakistan or Bangladesh. Bangladesh as a separate country emerged only in 1971 and this man was born in 1916.Was there any Bangladesh in 1916? This further suggests that he lived the first 31 years of his life under the British rule in India. He grew up in India and saw the pains and agonies of the partition period when Bengal and Punjab was split into two parts to form Pakistan. He is an Indian by birth and blood. To detend him in lockups only because he is a Bengali has brought disgrace to indian democracy. Please think logically a man who was born in India in 1916 is asked to prove that he was in India when Bangladesh was created. Doesn't it sound stupid!!!
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