GUWAHATI: Four defense personnel including those who were a part of the Kargil war, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind for failing to get their names in the final draft of NRC which was published on July 30. The retired defense personnel said that they were hurt at being dropped from the list.

The final draft left out 40 lakh people. Following that, many Indian citizens couldn’t find their names which led to criticism of the NRC authorities for the loopholes.

“It’s very unfortunate. This is not a joke. I think the authorities have not done their work properly. Why genuine Indian people have been left out? We want to know the reason. And on top of that, we were left out. Is this what we deserved after serving the nation for 30 years? With a deep heart, we have written to the President,” 50 year-old Azmal Haque, who retired as a junior commissioned officer in 2016, told The Citizen.

He said that it was a humble submission and voice forth some serious grievances and apprehensions that have cropped up in their mind after viewing the draft.

They have also sent the memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Rajnath Singh among others. In the letter, they have also requested the President to keep separate slots for the defense personnel – both retired and currently posted.

The names of the son and daughter of Haque have also been missing from the list. He was also served a notice last year to prove his citizenship. The police in Assam, however, later termed it ‘mistaken identity’.

Besides, Samsul Haque (57) and Sadullah Ahmed (49) both served in the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the Kargil war, were also kept out of the list. Apart from that retired honanary captain Sana Ullah, former sergeant Sadullah Ahmed and sepoy Enamul Haque who is currently with the Army have faced the same fate.