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Maharashtra police IG Abdur Rehman resigns over Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rahman, a member of the Indian Police Service, has been working for more than twenty-one years at different positions in Maharashtra.

Published: 11th December 2019 10:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2019 01:35 PM   |  A+A-

Senior Maharashtra police officer Abdur Rehman

Senior Maharashtra police officer Abdur Rehman (Photo by special arrangement)

Express News Service

MUMBAI: Inspector General of Police Abdur Rehman, who was appointed as the head of the investigation wing of the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission earlier this year, resigned on Wednesday protesting passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) by the parliament.

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Rahman, a member of the Indian Police Service, has been working for more than twenty-one years at different positions in Maharashtra. He has also authored a book named “Denial and Deprivation” on the plight of the Muslim community. The book talks about the discrimination faced by Muslims today after Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Report.

“The proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 clearly discriminates against people belonging to Muslim community. The bill is totally unconstitutional and against very basic feature of equality before law… I condemn the bill. As a civil disobedience I’ve decided not to continue in the service and thus not to attain office from tomorrow. I’m quitting the service finally,” Rahman said in a statement released on Twitter.

"We have seen the result of the NRC exercise in the state of Assam where 19 lakh people are kept out of the NRC. The exercise had been painful and affected people belonging to Dalits, Tribals, OBCs, Muslims and poors belonging to all communities. They had to spend huge money and run from pillar to post to collect documents to prove their citizenship. If NRC and CAB are implemented jointly, the people belonging to non-Muslim community even if unable to produce their required documents will be declared refugee and will be given Indian citizenship. This means that the real burden will be only on Muslims to prove their citizenship. This will cause statelessness and hardships to Muslims who have been living in India for thousands of years and majority of them are the original inhabitants of India," Rahman has said.

"It runs against the 'religious pluralism' and 'spirit of tolerance' of the Indian nation. If Implemented it will destroy the brotherhood and common fabric among the people," he has warned. He also appealed activists to challenge the bill in supreme court. He is expected to clarify his stand before the media on Thursday morning.



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  • wasin

    sir y r right
    1 year ago reply
  • tusar

    He didn't resigned over CAB ..He already applied for VRS on 1st Aug 2019..
    1 year ago reply
  • Kanwal jit Singh Gill

    Good decision. All minorities officers in high positions in government
    1 year ago reply
  • Antony Dsouza

    Why fool did not resign when Sikh girl was abducted from Kartarpur 2 weeks ago?
    1 year ago reply
  • Vikas

    He should seek pak citizenship if needed - Imran may welcome him
    1 year ago reply
    • Arvind

      He served his country for 21 years. You are a waste of space.
      1 year ago reply
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