Paralysis robbed Azizul Hoque of his ability to work, before the system, members of his family said, snatched his identity as an Indian more than two years ago.They are now counting the days for the next hearing in the Supreme Court, which sought replies from the Centre and the Assam government on how the 41-year-old Hoque came to be declared a foreigner and lodged in a detention centre on March 24, 2017.Family hopefulAnas Tanwir, handling the case, said the apex court on July 3 given the Central and Assam governments two weeks to reply.“That means they have to reply by July 17, right? And we can hope for a hearing by the Supreme Court soon after,” Baharul Islam, Mr. Hoque’s elder brother, told The Hindu from their village Singiapathar in central Assam’s Nagaon district. The village is about 140 km east of Guwahati.Mr. Islam, in his late 40s, could not recall when the Assam police’s border wing sent a notice to his brother. The border wing is tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners and refers cases to a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) for deciding a suspect’s fate.“It was 12-13 years ago. He went to the police when summoned about 10 years ago before an illness made him paralysed. He had always been a bhodai (dimwitted) and paralysis prevented him from going out to work,” said Mr. Islam, who sells vegetables in a nearby town.“I stay away from home most of the time. But Azizul and many others in my family are always at home. They said they gave him notice thrice, but none of us received it. They took him to the Tezpur Central Jail’s detention centre out of the blue,” he said.‘Doubtful’ tagThe problem for Mr. Hoque began in 1997, when for the first time his name figured in the voters’ list but with the ‘D’ (doubtful) tag that indicated he was suspected to be an illegal immigrant. None of his three elder siblings — sister Hafiza Khatun and eldest brother Khairul Islam — are D-voters.The name of Mr. Hoque, like everyone else in his family, was included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018. He was put in the additional list of 1.02 lakh NRC-excluded people published on June 26.“Our father Abdur Rahman’s name is in the 1965 voters’ list. Our grandfather Pashan Ali was granted land patta (deed) in 1940. Why should our youngest brother be singled out as a foreigner? This is just harassment because of the language we speak and religion we follow,” Mr. Islam said.Members of Mr. Hoque’s family said they have promised him that he would be brought back home soon. They are pinning hopes on the Supreme Court for his release sooner.
SEATTLE — Robinson Cano knows it will be awkward from the moment he walks into Yankee Stadium and has to figure out the route to the visitors’ clubhouse for the first time in his career.And that’s before he takes the field in the Bronx wearing something other than pinstripes.“It’s going to be weird,” Cano said. “It’s going to feel a lot different being on the other side.”After signing his $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle in the offseason, the All-Star second baseman will return to New York for the first time as a member of the Mariners on April 29 when they open a three-game series against the Yankees.Cano figures the reaction will be mixed. He was supposed to be the next great Yankees player to spend his career in New York, following the lead of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and the soon-to-be retiring Derek Jeter.Players simply don’t’ give up the limelight of New York to go be isolated in the Pacific Northwest.But Cano did, with contract security and millions of dollars behind making that decision. The flip side is now facing what he left behind.“Hopefully good,” Cano said of the reception he’ll get. “The way that I left New York, it wasn’t a good way. You just go there to play the game and try to beat them.”Cano knows that his comments the day he signed with Seattle still have reverberations, when he said he didn’t feel respected by the Yankees with their contract offer. The Yankees’ top offer was $175 million over seven years.Cano said he didn’t want to go through the contract process again in his mid-to-late 30s and Seattle’s willingness to push the contract out to 10 years sealed the agreement.“I didn’t feel respect. I didn’t get respect from them and I didn’t see any effort,” Cano said last December.Cano tried to play down over the weekend how the separation from the Yankees happened, saying his focus was on being back in Yankee Stadium and seeing friends and former teammates.“I don’t want to blame anybody. I’m looking forward to going there,” Cano said.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon had no worries about how Cano would handle his return and the questions that are likely to come.“I’m sure he’s going to be happy to get back to Yankee Stadium, obviously in a different role. He’s a professional. He’ll answer his questions and get ready to play,” McClendon said.“Other than that he’s probably more anxious to get out on the field and play than deal with the media,” he said.Cano will face the first-place Yankees putting up numbers thus far that were expected and with a team that has settled down after an eight-game losing streak. He is Seattle’s top hitter with a .301 average.Cano has just one home run, but the Mariners have been consistent that he wasn’t acquired to be a home run hitter. Cano has 11 RBIs, scored 10 runs and been a teacher to others in Seattle’s lineup.The most noticeable has been his work with Justin Smoak, who leads the team in RBIs and doubles through the first four weeks.Cano was making time to enjoy the return to the Big Apple. He hoped to be able to walk around the city without too much hassle, noting that Yankee fans had given him privacy when he played there.Cano was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon night after making other appearances earlier in the day. It’s the only trip for Seattle to New York this season.“They’re different teams. But we have a team here that we can compete,” Cano said. “I’m excited to be here and that’s why I choose here and I really like this city.”TweetPinShare0 Shares