In 2016, Adnan Sami renounced his Pakistani citizenship and became an Indian citizen. This move was criticised by people from both sides of the border, with some from Pakistan even saying that Adnan moved there because of money.
Only those who came to Assam from Bangladesh immediately before the commencement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 1985, -- and are not Indian citizens -- can be referred to the foreigners tribunals, Indian home ministry said yesterday.
Nimai Hajong remembers almost nothing of the hills of eastern Bangladesh where he was born more than half a century ago, having fled as a small child to India where he has lived as a refugee ever since.
Riyazul Islam says he had to produce family documents going back to 1951 to prove he was an Indian and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. But a draft list of citizens excludes him and his mother, among a total of about 4 million people left off.
The home ministry of India is ready with draft amendments to citizenship law that will exempt minority citizens of Bangladesh and Pakistan who had gone to that country out of fear of religious prosecution from being tagged as "illegal migrants".