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FIR against Kolkata man for terming Chaolung Sukaphaa as "Chinese invader"

Garga Chatterjee, a man from Kolkata, has been lambasted for making the comments amid heightened tensions between India and China

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Jun 2020 12:54 PM GMT

Guwahati: Garga Chatterjee, a Kolkata resident, has landed in the soup after terming Chaolung Sukaphaa, the founder of the Ahom dynasty in Assam, as a "Chinese invader."

Taking affront at the West Bengal man's apparent insult, Bhaskar Gogoi, a resident of Upper Assam's Dibrugarh district, has filed an FIR against Chatterjee on June 18. Gogoi, an Ahom himself has called upon the Assam Government to write to the management of Twitter so that Chatterjee's account is suspended.

"He (Chatterjee) conspiringly accused Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal for celebrating Ahom Day which is in commemoration of Swargadeu Sukapha. In that tweet, he maligned Bharatiya Janata Party, Assam Pradesh, and tried to link it with the banned organization ULFA", Gogoi wrote in his FIR, that was filed at the Dibrugarh Police Station.

"He indirectly targeted Ahom community as well as greater Assamese society with the blatant accusation of being Chinese invaders. These tweets coming in the wake of tense border standoff in Ladakh and general antagonism against Chinese might lead to the targeting of Assamese people in the rest of India.

Chatterjee, who has a verified Twitter account, took to the micro-blogging site amid the anti-China sentiment prevailing in the country, to write a series of tweets denouncing the famed Ahom ruler. During his tirade on Twitter, the Kolkata man had also chided Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for celebrating Sukapha's birthday (termed as Ahom Diwas). However, following a severe backlash, Chatterjee thought it wise to delete his incendiary tweets.

It needs mention here that Chatterjee's comments were made against the backdrop of the Indo-China standout along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which resulted in a violent confrontation where as many as 20 Indian army jawans deployed at the border in Ladakh's Galwan, were killed. At the same time, the Chinese Army is estimated to have suffered 35 casualties, including those seriously injured and killed, official sources quoting US Intelligence sources said.

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