Kolkata: Two police complaints were lodged against Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the city on Friday over alleged “manhandling” and “illegal detention” of TMC delegates at the Silchar airport on Thursday by Assam police officials, TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said.
One complaint was filed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport police station under the Bidhannagar Police commissionerate and another at Alipore police station in the city. TMC MLA Mohua Moitra had herself filed the complaint at Alipore police station. “I and our party MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar have lodged two separate complaints against the Assam CM over manhandling and illegal detention,” Moitra said.
The charges made against Sonowal by the TMC were illegal detention of public representatives and manhandling, Dastidar said on Friday.
Dastidar and Moitra were part of the delegation of the eight-member TMC delegation comprising six MPs, an MLA and a state minister, who were stopped at the Silchar airport and taken into preventive detention. They had travelled to Silchar to assess the ground realities in Bengali-dominated Cachar district of Assam after the final NRC draft. Recently, three FIRs were filed against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Assam for her alleged “instigating remarks”. TMC will observe ‘Black Day’ throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5.
No Indian will be left out of Assam citizens’ list: Rajnath Singh
- Home minister Rajnath Singh, on Friday, said that some people are trying to communalise the NRC issue.
- He clarified that those left out from the list can submit documents such as land records, life insurance policy to prove their residence. ‘The entire process of the NRC has taken place under the SC’s supervision,’ he said.
- ‘It is a fair, objective process. There has been no discrimination. People will also get a chance to file their claims and objections and even then if their names are not featured on the final NRC, they can approach the Foreigners’ Tribunal. There will be no coercive action taken,’ Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha.
Sena backs Centre, seeks ‘ghar wapsi’ of Kashmiri pandits
The Shiv Sena on Friday came out in support of the Modi government over the draft NRC, but asked whether the Centre also had the courage to ensure the ‘ghar wapsi’ of displaced Kashmiri pandits. The party asked in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’: ‘Will the government show the courage of ensuring the ‘ghar wapsi’ of 1.5 lakh displaced Kashmiri pandits the same way it is throwing out the illegal citizens in Assam?’
TMC to send another team to assess NRC impact
- Meanwhile, TMC, on Friday, decided that it would send another team of senior leaders to assess the ground reality in the state after the publication of the NRC draft. TMC secretary general and West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will also observe ‘black day’ in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday against their MLAs detention.
- The NRC issue also found resonance in Parliament as TMC members raised slogans against the BJP government in the Well of the House for manhandling their leaders and sought a reply from PM Narendra Modi on the issue. Clarifying the government’s stance, home minister Rajnath Singh said, ‘On August 2, TMC leaders were received at Silchar airport with full protocol. They were asked to go back but the delegation engaged in an argument during which two women security personnel were injured. It causes convenience to some passengers too.’