Assam Court Asks Police To Register Case Against Himanta Biswa Sarma For “Inflammatory Remarks”
The court gave this direction on the basis of a petition filed by Congress Lok Sabha MP Abdul Khaliq.
A Guwahati court has directed the police to register a case against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for allegedly saying that last year’s eviction drive at Garukhuti village in Darang district was an “act of revenge”.
The court gave this direction on the basis of a petition filed by Congress Lok Sabha MP Abdul Khaliq. In his complaint, the Congress MP said Mr Sarma had said the eviction exercise at Gorukhuti in Darrang district was a “revenge” for the events of 1983 – when some youths were killed there during the Assam agitation.
Mr Khaleque had approached the sub-divisional judicial magistrate’s court alleging police inaction after the Dispur police station did not register an FIR against the chief minister.
Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Vishwadeep Barua, in his order on Saturday, a copy of which is available with NDTV, directed the Dispur police station to register a complaint against Mr. Sarma.
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“The OC (Officer-in-Charge) Dispur police station is directed to register a case on the allegations mentioned in the complaint and conduct an impartial inquiry into the matter and submit the final form at the earliest,” the court order said.
“The police had failed in the discharge of its duty by failing to register the FIR. The veracity of the allegations is not something that can be questioned before registering the FIR. By failing to register the FIR, it appears that the police has failed in the discharge of its duty.” added this.
The Assam government’s eviction drive in Darang district, aimed at removing “illegal encroachers”, turned violent, killing two people, including a 12-year-old child.
The Assam Congress MP in his complaint accused the chief minister of making communal statements against a particular community, while justifying the eviction drive that left over 7,000 people homeless.
The eviction drive saw “brutal killings” as well as houses “burning to the ground”. Calling the heinous acts (the death of two civilians) as revenge, Sarma not only justified the killings and arson that took place there, The legality of which is under consideration before the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court, has rather gone too far and communalized the entire practice – aimed at the Muslim population living there,” Mr Khaleque said in his complaint.
When asked about the development, a senior Assam Police official told NDTV that they are looking into the court’s order.
Assam Court Asks Police To Register Case Against Himanta Biswa Sarma
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