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4 youths who "abused" Zubeen Garg granted bail by Guwahati Court

Zubeen Garg was one of the strongest voices in the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the state

Zubeen Garg

File Photo: Zubeen Garg

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Aug 2020 5:53 AM GMT

Guwahati: A court in Guwahati has granted bail to four National Students' Union of India (NSUI) affiliated youths who have been accused of abusing Assam heartthrob Zubeen Garg.

As per reports, the Kamrup (Metro) Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Monday granted bail to the four accused -- Dr. Arupjyoti Talukdar, Hirakjyoti Rajbanshi, Dishan Bhagawati, and Geetartha Deka -- who allegedly threatened to attack the popular singer on the night of August 13 in the Ganesh Mandir area of Guwahati. The Guwahati Court granted bail to the accused against the surety of a bond of Rs.10,000.

Zubeen Garg, who was one of the leading faces of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the state, was on Wednesday night allegedly abused by a group of youths "with beer bottles in hand". The six-member group was traveling in a Suzuki Ciaz car bearing registration number, AS-01BY-0675.

The alleged attack occurred less than a week after the Atul Bora-led agriculture department announced plans to make him a brand ambassador to attack Assam's youths to agriculture-related activities.

Zubeen, 48, in his FIR lodged at Dispur police station, said six youths stopped him at around 12.40 am in the Ganesh Mandir area while he was on his way home. The six of them came out of a car, in violation of the ongoing Covid lockdown, beer bottles in hand. When he tried to defend himself against the verbal abuse, they "became aggressive and used unparliamentary language". In his FIR, Zubeen also sought an inquiry into the incident. Hirakjyoti Rajbongshi, said to be the NSUI's city unit vice-president, was reportedly suspended from the Congress after the allegations came to light.

Based on Zubeen's complaint, the Dispur police registered a case against the accused under sections 143/188/270/341/294/500/506 of the IPC. All the accused are NSUI leaders.

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