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Pakistan national becomes village head in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah; probe ordered

Agra: A Pakistani national named Bano Begum from Karachi has been serving as interim village panchayat head in Jalesar block of Etah. The woman has been living in India for the last 40 years and is married to a local man in the district.

Alok Priyadarshi, Etah district Panchayati raj officer (DPRO) told Hindustan Times, “Bano Begum has been removed from the post of gram pradhan and a probe has been ordered into the matter. Police have also been asked to file an FIR against Bano Begum.”

Sukthe hall Bharti, District magistrate for Etah has directed a probe to discover how the lady got the Aadhaar card and differ the ent reports clearing the path for her getting chosen as a member of gram panchayat and afterward turning into the interim pradhan of the town in Etah.

Bano Begum, 65, came to India from Pakistan to visit her family members in Etah around 35-40 years prior. She at that point wedded a nearby Akhtar Ali and had been remaining in Etah on a long term visa from that point forward. She has applied for Indian citizenship commonly.

The issue became public when a resident complained to Bano Begum, claiming that she was a Pakistani national.

DPRO Alok Priyadarshi said, “During the 2015 local body election, Bano Begum was elected as a member of Guadau gram panchayat. Gram pradhan Shehnaz Begum died on January 9, 2020. Following Shehnaz’s death, the village committee discussed the issue and asked Bano Begum to take over as interim gram pradhan.”

Officer said that authority will take strict action against those found guilty of helping Bano Begum.

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