By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 6: Dispur Press Club is in dark on 'who wanted to fake the media out – whether the minority students’ union faction that briefed the media inside the press club today or its rival faction that termed the former as a fake one!'
As booked, the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) was about to start its press briefing during the time slot from 1 pm-3 pm at Dispur Press Club today. When the AAMSU led by president Mahmud Hussain and general secretaries Ahmned Hussain and Ashadul Haque Choudhury just started the briefing, a section of AAMSU youths led by general secretary Rejaul Karim Sarkar stormed into the press club and asked those briefing the media as to why they were addressing the press when they were not the genuine leaders of the students’ body. Soon a commotion started and the two AAMSU factions were just hurling abuses at each other, leading the office-bearers of the press club to intervene. Since the faction briefing the media followed the rules and regulations of the press club, the office-bearers of the press club were strong enough to pushed the youths, who were trying to halt the press meet, out of the club.
The faction led by Sarkar, however, was able to brief the mediapersons outside the press club in the field that ‘those addressing the media inside press club were not genuine, they had numerous crimil cases against them, there had been no differences in the AAMSU but with the Assembly election coming closer the otehr faction was trying to mint money by supporting a particular political party, etc’. The two factions were still washing their dirty linen in public, leaders one staying in the yard in front of the press club and others on the door of the club.
In the meantime, the police rushed to the press club on being informed of the incident. The office-bearers of the press club could prove their metal again when they made it known to the police personnel that they would not allow them to arrest anyone inside the press club since the press meet was in accordance with standing rules and regulations.
The police personnel said that they had to rush to the spot on being informed of that some of the jourlists were attacked by a section of youths. With the police leaving the press club, the press meet continued as scheduled.
In so far as infighting and vandalism are concerned, the AAMSU has always been a tainted students’ body in Assam. Factiol fight is its middle me, and such fights are very frequent when the election is near.