Guwahati: In a major embarrassment to the BJP-led state government of Assam, the four-member team of Assam police, who left for Kolkata to arrest Garga Chatterjee, returned empty-handed on Tuesday.
Reportedly, the Assam police could not even trace the whereabouts of Kolkata resident, Chatterjee.
Chatterjee, a Bengali nationalist and political commentator, on June 17, made a derogatory statement against Sau Lung Sukapha, the founder of the Ahom dynasty in one of his Twitter posts. He tweeted, “Why does @sarbanandsonwal [Assam CM’s handle] regularly celebrate a Chinese invader and his invading army? Why does banned separatist group ULFA also celebrate the Chinese invader? Do real Indians know that Indian tax money is being used by BJP in Assam to put up statues of a Chinese invader?”
Taking cognizance of the objectionable comment, state’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered the Assam police to arrest Chatterjee stressing that Sukapha was the architect of greater Assamese identity and derogatory comments about him would not be tolerated. Accordingly, hours after the CM’s order, a four-member team of the Assam police were rushed to Kolkata on June 19 to arrest Chatterjee.
However, the team was forced to remain stranded at the Assam Bhawan premises, located in West Bengal’s Kolkata city till Monday evening due to a series of demonstrations staged by a section of people in protest against the Assam police’s action against Chatterjee.
A source of the Assam police said, “The team who left for Kolkata on June 19 to arrest Garga Chatterjee returned empty-handed on Tuesday. Chatterjee could not be arrested due to lack of cooperation from the local police stations of West Bengal.”
The source further said that most of the occupational as well as residential addresses of Chatterjee, available to the Assam police, were provided to the local counterpart and were replied as the given address not found”. It added, “The non-cooperation of the West Bengal police and various mass agitations altogether had torn down the efforts of the Assam police to arrest Chatterjee.”
Certain people in West Bengal also burnt the effigies of Assam chief minister Sonowal in various places of the state, particularly after the Assam police, was asked to arrest Chatterjee.
Notably, Assam celebrates ‘Asom Divas’ on December 2 every year to commemorate Sukapha.
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