TINSUKIA: The Tinsukia district committee of INC expressed deep anguish over premeditated atrocities perpetrated by the BJP-RSS combine by framing false charges against Congress workers of the district in connivance with the police.
In a press meet held at Congress Bhavan here on Saturday, district president Jayanta Kalita said that so far 12 Congress workers in Tinsukia district were picked up by the police and sent to judicial remand, against whom the police labeled fabricated charges allegedly at the behest of BJP-RSS workers. Claiming that the blueprint to humiliate Congress leaders was framed in Delhi, Kalita said that from the modus operandi it had become explicitly clear that the police acted at the behest of BJP-RSS as police picked up the Congress workers during night hours without knowing their antecedents and detained them at the police stations for 12 hours for questioning till the arrival of BJP workers. The police, in consultation with the latter, framed unsubstantiated charges against them, Kalita alleged, adding further that all the arrested Congress workers had opposed the illegal activities in the district that worked against the monetary interest of the ruling BJP leaders who were allegedly involved in illegal coal, timber, and other clandestine business.
He said that out of the 12 Congress activists arrested so far, five persons –Gohin Basumatary, Bichitra Baruah, Nazrul Hussain, Krishna Acharjee and Lakhinandan Chetia – had been released on bail, the other seven – Bulbul Bikash Chetia, Amrit Dutta, Rikhiraj Gogoi, Ajizur Ahmed, Ratneswar Gohain, Babul Purkyastha, and Manoranjan Gohain – were languishing in jail. Gitanjali Sonowal, president of Zilla Mahila Congress, was also booked but yet to be arrested. All of them were booked on sedition and damage to government property charges without any evidence, Kalita claimed.
Citing the instance of Babul Purkystha, Kalita said he was arrested on charges of pelting stone at the Tinsukia DC’s office during the anti-CAA stir, but actually Purkystha was at that point of time picking up an empty tear gas shell lobbed by the police that hit his leg. Kalita also displayed the shell before the media persons. He also alleged that Purkystha was physically assaulted while in police custody.
Demanding a high-level inquiry into such a vindictive attitude of the ruling BJP government, Kalita reiterated that the Congress as a responsible organization and part of the society joined the anti-CAA stir in a democratic way and none of his party workers were involved in arson.