Guwahati: Cachar police on late Tuesday arrested two members of the All Bengali Students Youth Organisation (ABSYO) for their alleged involvement in defacing government hoardings in the Assamese language.
The two arrested accused were identified as Raju Deb and Samar Das, who were the members of ABSYO.
Recently, multiple hoardings carrying government advertisements in Assamese language were allegedly smeared with ‘black ink’ by the members of Barak Democratic Youth Front (BDYF) and ABSYO in Silchar.
The incident has attracted several criticisms from all sections in both Brahmaputra and Barak Valley. As it triggered mass outrage across the state, several organisations have demanded strict action against those involved.
On Tuesday, Pradip Dutta Roy, the founder of BDYF, was quizzed by the Cachar police chief for two hours after which he release a statement mentioning that it was not in their planned programme to deface the hoarding and it was done without his consent.
However, it is also to be mentioned that Bengali is the official language of Barak valley and government is supposed to publish all official documents and advertisements in Bengali along with other languages.
Reportedly, an FIR has been lodged against the chairman of Jal Jeevan Abhiyan for violating the act and publishing the advertisement in Assamese language only.