A special investigation team (SIT) will probe violent clashes that rocked Assam last week against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). This was informed by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Four people have been killed in police firing so far, while an oil tanker driver was charred to death when his vehicle was set on fire in Orang. Sarma alleged a major conspiracy behind the vandalism outside the state secretariat on December 11th, 2019 by protesters opposing the newly enacted citizenship law.
While addressing a press conference in Guwahati on December 18th, 2019, Sarma furnished several screenshots of protest videos. He blamed a section of the Congress and its affiliates, the People’s Front of India and “urban naxals” for the violence.
Sarma informed that the SIT will be headed by deputy inspector general (CID) Mridulananda Sarmah. “The state government will urge the Centre to depute an officer either from the Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency(NIA) for six months to help in the investigations,” he added.
As many as 273 people have been arrested in connection with the violence in Assam and they have been charged with rioting, vandalism, arson and attempt to murder.
“48 of the 107 people arrested in Guwahati came from Barpeta, Goalpara and Dhubri to incite violence in the city,” he said.
It may be mentioned, RTI activist and KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, arrested under the UAPA amid protests over the citizenship law, was sent to 10-day NIA custody on December 17th, 2019.