Assam Congress workers staged protests across the state on January 24th, 2020 slamming the government and state police for arresting the president of the Assam Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC), Kamrul Islam Choudhury.
Choudhury was arrested on January 23rd, 2020 for his alleged involvement in violence during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Guwahati on December 11th, 2019.
He was arrested when he visited Dispur Police Station to submit the court order of the interim bail which was earlier granted by Gauhati High Court.
Choudhury was earlier named by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for instigating violence outside Assam Secretariat during the anti-CAA movement in Guwahati.
“Choudhury was seen shaking hands at the site of arson near Dispur. We have found the involvement of PFI and CFI in the incident,” Sarma told reporters in Guwahati.
At a press conference, Biswa Sarma had played a video footage showing Choudhury near the violence site and a youth shaking his hands. Several other BJP leaders accused the Congress workers of instigating and vandalising public property during the anti-CAA protests in Guwahati.
“It’s a conspiracy. Choudhury should be released without any conditions. Our protest against CAA will continue…they (government) cannot silence us,” said a Congress worker.
The Congress workers also burnt the effgies of Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“He (Choudhury) went to the police station to produce the interim bail order which was issued by High Court but he was arrested under a separate case for the same incident. They (government) cannot scare us. He should be released,” another worker added.