A Pakistani woman becomes village chief in Etah, Uttar Pradesh; commissioned probe – News from India

The administration of Uttar Pradesh was left behind when it noticed that a suspected Pakistani national was serving as the acting village chief of panchayat in the Jalesar block of Etah. Bano Begum, from Karachi, has lived in India for 40 years and is married to a local man.

“Bano Begum was dismissed from his post as gram pradhan and an investigation has been ordered into the matter. The police were also asked to file an FIR against Bano Begum, ”said Alok Priyadarshi, an officer from the Panchayati Raj District (DPRO) of Etah.

Etah District Magistrate Sukhlal Bharti ordered an investigation into how the woman obtained the Aadhaar card and other documents allowing her to be elected a member of the gram panchayat and then to become the acting pradhan of the village of Etah.

Bano Begum, 65, came to India from Pakistan to visit relatives in Etah about 35 to 40 years ago. She then married a local Akhtar Ali and had been staying in Etah on a long-term visa ever since. She has applied for Indian citizenship on several occasions.

The case became public when a villager filed a complaint against Bano Begum, alleging that she was a Pakistani national.

“In the 2015 local elections, Bano Begum was elected member of Guadau gram panchayat. Gram pradhan Shehnaz Begum passed away on January 9, 2020. After Shehnaz’s death, the village committee discussed the issue and asked Bano Begum to take over as acting gram pradhan, ”said DPRO Alok Priyadarshi .

Strict measures will be taken against those found guilty of aiding Bano Begum, the officer said.