CJP helped defend my citizenship, restored my health and happiness: Mujafar Hosen CJP’s legal team helped the 63-year-old with his case before the Foreigners’ Tribunal

12, Aug 2022 | CJP Team

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 the Lakhipur 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.

Every day of each week, a formidable team of community volunteers, district volunteer motivators and lawyers—CJP’s Team Assam – is providing ready at hand paralegal guidance, counselling and actual legal aid to hundreds of individuals and families paralysed by the citizenship-driven humanitarian crisis in the state. Our boots on the ground approach has ensured that 12,00,000 persons filled their forms to enlist in the NRC (2017-2019) and over the past one year alone we have helped release over 50 people from Assam’s dreaded detention camps. Our intrepid team provides paralegal assistance to, on an average of 72-96 families each month. Our district-level, legal team works on 25 Foreigner Tribunal cases month on month. This ground level data ensures informed interventions by CJP in our Constitutional Courts, the Guwahati High Court and the Supreme Court. Such work is possible because of you, individuals all over India, who believe in this work. Our maxim, Equal Rights for All.  #HelpCJPHelpAssam. Donate NOW!

“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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