FIR Against The Hindu Editor And Two More For Controversial Article On Sipajhar Incident
The FIR was filed on Wednesday with Latasil Police Station in Guwahati against the Suraj Gogoi, Angshuman Choudhury and Suresh Nambath, Editor of The Hindu.
Guwahati: Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), led by advocate Upamanyu Hazarika, has filed an FIR against the editor of 'The Hindu' and against more two for publishing a controversial article about the recently eviction drive in Sipajhar of September 23.
The FIR was filed on Wednesday with Latasil Police Station in Guwahati against the Suraj Gogoi, research scholar at National University of Singapore; Angshuman Choudhury, senior researcher at Institute of peace and conflict studies of New Delhi; and Suresh Nambath, Editor of The Hindu.
Hazarika in his FIR has mentioned that the article which was published in The Hindu and was written by Gogoi was 'with instances of offensive speech being made against Assam and the larger Assamese community."
He also accused Angshuman Choudhury as he had compared arrested photographer Bijoy Bania with that of Lachit Borphukan on his blog. The said writer later deleted the Lachit Borpuhkan reference upon receiving strong reactions.
The PVM further stated that the accused persons by their publication has intended to promote enmity among different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and disturb public tranquility.
Earlier, the Lakhimpur district administration conducted an eviction drive on Tuesday in order to remove the illegal encroachers upon the bank of the Gariajan which is flowing through North Lakhimpur town, the district headquarters of Lakhimpur town. The eviction drive was conducted in association with the North Lakhimpur Municipal Board (NLMB) at a four hundred meter stretch on the east bank of the water body on the left side of NH-15.
The Gariajan has played a major role with regard to discharging the water from North Lakhimpur town. The water body, with its around fifty meter wide basin, has covered almost a four kilometre long area of the town in its course. But the area of the water body, with regard to its width, is shrinking gradually due to the aggression of a section of local people, commercial institutions and doubtful people. As a result of it, the water body has lost its water discharging capacity causing artificial flood in a large area of the town. Under such circumstances, various organizations of the district has demanded the district administration to remove the illegal encroachers.