APW lodges FIR against Mamata, TMC delegation members

Guwahati, August 4: The Assam Public Works (APW) on Saturday filed an FIR against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the party’s delegation members at the Geetanagar Police Station in Guwahati.

The delegation, which was on a two-day Assam visit, had arrived at the Kumbhirgram airport in southern Assam’s Silchar on Thursday. The delegation comprised party MPs Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Bala Thakur and MLA Mohua Moitra and Bengal minister Firhad Hakim.

The 8-member delegation was kept under preventive detention of Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) at the Kumbhirgram airport on Thursday. On Friday morning, the delegation was sent back to Kolkata and Delhi from the Airport.

The FIR has been filed under Section 120B,153A/298 of the IPC by the APW – a Guwahati-based NGO – informed.

“Ever since the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been published, the TMC, led by Mamata, is trying to create a communal disharmony in Assam through her instigating remarks. A delegation was also sent to the state which has no connection with the NRC. Their visit later resulted into a scuffle at the Silchar Airport,” said  Abhijeet Sharma, president, APW.

Sharma stated that the TMC leaders “are attempting to start a communal riot, feelings of enmity, hatred which is to be curbed immediately”.

It may be mentioned that previously three FIRs have been filed against Mamata in the state. The FIRs have been filed in Guwahati’s Pan Bazaar and Basistha police stations on Thursday and Lakhimpur police station on Wednesday.

The TMC on Friday filed Privilege Motion in both the Houses of Parliament against the Assam Government Chief Secretary PP Trivedi and Director General of Police of Assam Kuladhar Saikia for detaining the TMC legislators in Silchar.

Ghosh Dastidar and Mitra also lodged an FIR in Kolkata against Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Silchar detention.

On the other hand, as per reports, a female Assam Police constable also lodged an FIR against the MLA from West Bengal’s Karimpur Moitra at the Udarbond, Cachar.