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Citizenship Bill: FIR against Himanta Biswa Sarma for ‘communal statement’

An FIR was registered against Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma by the Barpeta District Youth Congress (BDYC) accusing him of making unconstitutional, communal, false and illegal statements during a talk show in a local television channel last week.

BDYC president Anuwarul Islam Khan and 21 others of Youth Congress lodged the FIR at Mandia police outpost in Barpeta district last Friday.

While speaking to The News Mill, Khan questioned Sarma’s statement that ‘90,000 Bangladeshi Muslims are living in No. 45 Baghbar LAC but the NRC has already included almost 95 per cent people of Baghbar LAC’. “How a dignified cabinet minister can make a nonsensical statement against a particular community?” Khan asked.

He also slammed Himanta Biswa Sarma for claiming that Moinbari Satra had been shifted to Sorbhog due to aggression shown by local Muslims and claimed that it had actually been moved due to erosion of one part of the satra due to the Brahmaputra.

Meanwhile, Moinbori, a place in the bank of Beki and Brahmaputra rivers of Barpeta district witnessed a huge protest after the remarks of Himanta Biswa Sarma on Moinbara Satra.

Satradhikar’s younger brother Ranjit Adhikary nullified the claims of the state finance minister and said, “Himanta Biswa Sarma’s claims and allegations are false. We can’t accept this as a truth. We are living here at Moinbari peacefully. Moinbari Satra was transferred due to the erosion of Beki River.  Even one Ainal Dewani was ready to donate land for the Satra. No Muslims had ever occupied the land of Satra.”

Uproar across Assam and the Northeast continued over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction.

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