Miya Museum Row: Assam Miya Parishad GS Held In 2nd Major Arrest

Earlier in the day, CM Sarma had mentioned that the police will investigate the source of funds behind the construction of the disputed museum.
The General Secretary of Assam Miya Parishad has been detained in connection with the Miya Museum row
The General Secretary of Assam Miya Parishad has been detained in connection with the Miya Museum row

The general secretary (GS) of Assam Miya Parishad, Abdul Baten Sheikh was on Tuesday taken into custody by Dhubri Police in Assam in connection with the Miya Museum controversy.

According to reports, Sheikh was arrested from his residence at Alamganj in Gauripur in the Dhubri district of Assam.

This comes after the president of Assam Miya Parishad, M Mohar Ali was taken in for questioning by Goalpara Police after a controversy stirred over the display of items belonging to Assamese culture at the museum.

Moreover, the Goalpara district administration also sealed the museum premises under orders from Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who questioned the source of funds behind it.

Ali has been alleged to have set up the museum which has stoked up controversy and drew political brawl on the matter.

Earlier in the day, CM Sarma had mentioned that the police will investigate the source of funds behind the construction of the disputed museum.

The Assam CM said that a probe into the incident will be conducted in the coming days and those behind setting up the museum will be questioned.

He said that the management behind the museum will have to explain the reason behind displaying of several items that actually belong to Assamese culture at the museum.

Legal action will be taken against them if they fail to provide satisfactory reason behind the same, CM Sarma added.

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He said, “All the items that are on display at the Miya museum are being used by the Assamese people. The plough items used for catching fish, all belong to the Assamese community.”

The Assam CM mentioned that only the lungi, a men’s garment worn below the waist, is an item that belonged to the Miya community.

Meanwhile, Assam cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika also spoke on the controversy. Addressing reporters, he echoed the Assam CM in saying that most items that were on display at the museum, actually belonged to Assamese culture.

He said, “Not only as a minister, but as an Assamese, I strongly oppose it. Under the Chief Minister’s orders, the district administration has sealed the Miya Musuem.”

“We do not oppose the setting up of a Miya Museum, but they should put up items belonging to their culture and identity in that museum. Then we will not have anything to say on it,” added the state minister.

Hazarika termed the incident as a conspiracy of the Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).

“There are no people at the opening ceremony of the Congress theme song except drivers and security guards. Bharat Jodo Yatra has been a complete flop,” he said in an apparent dig at the grand old party.

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