77-year-old Myanmar refugee’s plea fails to move Telangana | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: A key poll issue in the upcoming West Bengal assembly election is illegal entry of Myanmar nationals into India.
However, a 77-year-old Myanmar national’s fight to stay with his family in Hyderabad got mired in red tape and legal formalities. As a result, he continues to languish in a correctional home in Kolkata though he completed his two-year jail term, convicted for illegally entering the country, in 2017.
The Calcutta high court has recently directed the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to pursue with the Telangana government to allow 77-year-old Myanmar national Wali Ahamed, currently staying at Dum Dum Correctional Home, Kolkata, be shifted to Hyderabad. It said the senior citizen be allowed to stay close to his family, including son who are already in Hyderabad as refugees and possessing United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ID cards.

In 2015, Wali Ahamed was caught by Border Security Force (BSF) after he illegally entered Bengal from India-Bangladesh border. In 2016, Wali was convicted by a local court in Balurghat, Dakshin Dinajpur. The judge had handed him a two-year imprisonment besides directing him to pay a fine of Rs 10,000. In the same order, the court said Wali be sent back to his country after the term.
In 2017, Wali had completed his imprisonment, but till date is still languishing at the Dum Dum Correctional Home. Wali too was given refugee status by UNHCR in 2018.
In 2018, his son Mohammed Idris, presently residing at Jalpally in Balapur, filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court praying that, considering his father’s age and ailments, Wali be shifted to Hyderabad so that he can stay with his family members.
Based on the high court orders, the MHA officials addressed several letters to the department of home, Telangana, since April 2019. “The court has directed to relocate Wali Ahamad from Dum Dum Correctional Home at Kolkata to a suitable safe home in Hyderabad. The home secretary, Telangana, was requested to cooperate on humanitarian grounds in this regard,’’ MHA officials said in a letter to the Telangana home department in July, 2019.
Since there was no positive response from the Telangana government for the letters written by MHA and Idris, another petition was moved by Wali in the Kolkata high court.
On January 28, 2021, the high court, in an interim order, said: “The Article 21 of Constitution is available for both citizens and non-citizens and it is reasonably expected that the ministry of home affairs shall take up the matter with the Telangana government.”
“It now appears from the submission of additional solicitor general (ASG) that the government of Burma (Myanmar) has recognised the petitioner as their national. However, the Union government has not decided to deport the petitioner given his age and health. It is also understandable that the petitioner, who is 77-year-old, has a few relatives in Hyderabad, who he wishes to be closer and accessible to at this age,’’ the court said in its order.
When contacted, a senior official of the home department said that in the past a decision was not taken since the Myanmar government did not confirm whether Wali was their national. “Myanmar has confirmed that he is their national now. In the past, we replied to MHA for their letters. Again, if we get any letter from MHA on this issue, we will evaluate it and action will be taken accordingly,’’ the officer told TOI.


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