Guwahati: Congress Legislator Party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia on Wednesday slammed Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for demanding a total ban on Amnesty International from the country.
The Congress leader also demanded immediate legal action against the violators of the constitutional rights of the citizens by stealing personal information in connection with mobile hacking by ‘Pegasus Spyware’.
CLP leader Saikia in a video said, “Pegasus Spyware was used to hack Rahul Gandhi’s phone data since the month of July 2018 prior to the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Not only has he, in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress leader Prashant Kishore’s phone data also been hacked through ‘Pegasus Spyware’. The ruling party has been using this application to hack and tape call recordings which they used for their political benefits, this is illegal.”
Saikia also informed that earlier, Congress leader Digvijay Singh raised a question against the above-mentioned issue in a session at the Rajya Sabha, to which the then Information and Broadcasting minister Rajiv Prasad Rudy nullified the claims saying, “Government is not carrying any such activities illegally”, however, he didn’t mention whether the government carried out such surveillance legally or not.
The CLP also alleged that all the evidence that has come across now reveals that these are directly linked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit in the year 2017. “When PM Modi visited the country, he had started commercial dealings with countries like Israel including retrieval of software like Pegasus Spyware,” added Saikia.
Targeting the Assam Chief Minister, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia added further, “Despite demanding for a probe against the violators of the constitutional rights of the citizens by stealing personal information in connection with mobile hacking by ‘Pegasus Spyware’, Assam Chief Minister has been demanding a total ban on Amnesty International in the country for revealing the true facts about the Government.”
The same Amnesty International had earlier revealed before the citizens of Assam about the ruling government used forces to torture the people during the CAA 2019 movement, claimed the CLP leader further.
Meanwhile, there are reports surfacing in the media claiming that the two most prominent leaders from Assam, Samujjal Bhattacharjee of AASU and Anup Chetia of the pro-talks faction of ULFA figure in the leaked list of potential spyware targets, including a Manipuri writer.
Saikia also suggested the investigating agencies of the nation should intervene in the matter and find out the real truth behind the Pegasus row.