KOKRAJHAR, Sept 13: After spending two years and eight days in detention camp, Sofia Khatun (50) walked out of the camp in Kokrajhar on Thursday following the Supreme Court order to release her a day before.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered for her release after noting that her parents, five brothers and husband were all Indian citizens. Khatun has been kept in the detention centre since 2016 pursuant to an order of the foreigner’s tribunal.
The tribunal was not satisfied with her claims of citizenship after she was listed as D-voter — “doubtful” voter — and called upon to prove her credentials. She has three daughters and one son.
A bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph on Wednesday set Khatun free with the condition that she appears before the police station in Barpeta once every month.
Sofia is wife of Pulshan Ali, hails from Bagariguri under Sorbhog Police Station in Barpeta district, was brought to the detention of camp in April, 2016 after the Foreigners’ Tribunal rejected all documents relating to her Indian citizenship.
She walked out of the jail at around 2.30 pm. She was received by her brothers, family members in front of the detention camp.
Sofia told reporters that she was happy with the apex court order. “I am very happy today with an opportunity to meet my brothers, family members after two years. I was kept in the detention camp on suspicion of D voters. But the allegation was false,” Sofia said.