Chennai. A Bangladeshi national was arrested at the Coimbatore airport on Monday after Indian immigration officials asked him to sing the national anthem, which he failed to do. The officers came from Sharjah. When questioned Anwar Hussain (27), he could not answer his questions properly. The Bangladeshi national also had an Indian passport and Aadhaar card.
Anwar Hussain is originally from Balapur, Bangladesh. He landed at Coimbatore airport in an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah. On enquiry, he produced an Indian passport which showed that he was a resident of Kolkata, but the immigration officials suspected that he had landed in Coimbatore instead of Kolkata. He also failed to answer the officials’ questions as to why he had come to Coimbatore instead of Kolkata.
When he was questioned, he started giving contradictory answers. He also showed his Aadhaar card and birth certificate, both issued by the Government of India. During all this, the immigration officer M Krishnashree suddenly asked Hussain to sing the national anthem, but he was unable to sing the national anthem and accepted that he is a native of Bangladesh.
After this he was handed over to Peelamedu police station. The police have registered a case against him and he has been charged under the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act. According to police officials, he first came to Avinashi town in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur district in 2018 and worked there as a tailor till November 2020. Then he met some agents and made a fake birth certificate, from which he got an Aadhaar card and an Indian passport.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 25, 2023, 16:02 IST