Guwahati: Congress Lok Sabha member Abdul Khalek on Wednesday filed a police complaint against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma for allegedly making communal statements against the Muslim community justifying the September eviction drive at Gorukhuti in Darrang district.
In the complaint filed against Sharma at the Dispur police station, Khalek has filed a complaint against him under sections 153 (abetment to cause riot), 153A (enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, caste, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) of the Indian Penal Code. Requested to register an FIR under other sections including abetting it.
A senior police official said that they have received the complaint, but the FIR is yet to be registered as it is still in the investigation stage.
The Congress leader alleged that the chief minister had said on December 10 that the eviction drive in Gorukhuti was a retaliation for the events of 1983 (the killing of some youth there during the Assam agitation).
“By betraying his oath on the Constitution, Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. Sharma has maliciously given a communal hue to what was supposed to be an executive exercise,” the complaint said.
It is known that on September 20 and 23 in Dhalpur 1, 2 and 3 villages of Gorukhuti, about 1,200-1,400 houses were demolished, leaving more than 7,000 people homeless. Along with this, bulldozers were also run on the markets, mosques, graveyards, madrasas and maqtabs (place of reading and writing) in the village.
Mostly Muslims of East Bengal origin lived here.
The anti-encroachment drive went off peacefully on the first day, however, on the second day it faced strong opposition from the local people and during this the eviction drive turned violent in Dhalpur-3 village on 23 September and a 12-year-old child was involved in police firing. Two people had died. During this, 20 people including policemen were also injured.
The first drive to remove the encroachment took place in June, after which Himanta Biswa’s cabinet approved the formation of a committee, whose task was to ‘remove 77 thousand bighas of government land vacated from encroachments at Gorukhuti in Sipajhar in Darang for agricultural purposes’. have to use.’
The Congress leader’s complaint said, “While calling such heinous acts as vengeance, Himanta Biswa Sharma has not only justified the killings and arson there, the legality of which is sub-judice before the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court, but he also They went ahead and communalized the whole exercise – targeting the Muslim population living there.
Khaleque alleged that the massive human rights violations in Gorukhuti preceded several of Sharma’s statements. “The hatred created by the honorable Chief Minister’s constant defamation of the Muslim community manifested itself in the heinous acts of a citizen,” he said.
The MP said a government photographer had shown aggression by jumping on the body of a man breathing his last after being shot by the police.
In the complaint, he said, “And by calling the unfortunate incidents in Gorukhuti as ‘revenge’ for 1983, the honorable Chief Minister is inciting people against a particular community of the state.”
(with input from news agency language)
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