The eight members fact finding team of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was on Thursday stopped at the Silchar Airport; moment they alighted from the aircraft and were prevented from leaving the airport.
The Assam Police took the preventive measures as they feared that the fact finding team would foment trouble and communal hatred in the guise of NRC Issues.
The Bengal MPs alleged that they were manhandled by the Assam Police inside the airport and their mobiles were snatched away.
Speaking to the media from the airport, the TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said that they were pushed around by Assam Police and authorities did not allow them to exit the airport.
The Assam Police is also firm and they want the MPs to return to Kolkata as their presence in the state may spread communal tension.
Security has been tightened in several parts of the Barak valley town. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) has also been deployed around the airport premises. Assam Police is closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, the Assam government on Thursday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s opposition to the Supreme Court-monitored NRC amounted to “contempt of court” and she is not above the apex court.
Speaking to the media, Assam government spokesman Chandra Mohan Patowary, who is also the state’s parliamentary affairs minister said that allegations against the National Register of Citizens, whose final draft was published on July 30, are “baseless”.
Asked if the Assam government will file a contempt of court case against Banerjee, Patowary replied, “We will see at the appropriate time since she is speaking against the Supreme Court.”
“She (Banerjee) does not have the right to remark as the NRC is a legal process,” added the minister.
“As a chief minister Mamata Banerjee should have the basic knowledge that when she opposes a matter (NRC) monitored by the honourable Supreme Court it will amount to contempt of court. She is not above the Supreme Court,” he stated.
Banerjee has opposed NRC in Assam, saying it will lead to “civil war and bloodbath in the country” as over 40 lakh applicants have been excluded in the final draft of the citizen’s register.
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