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    Dharya Konwar, Bittu Sonowal Released from Jail, Said NIA’s Attitude was Colonial

    By Debananda Medak

    Guwahati: Assam’s anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act activists and leader of the farmers’ rights organisation, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) – Dharjya Konwar on Sunday said that the national investigative agency’s (NIA) attitude was Colonial and represented the imperialist mindset of the BJP-led central government.

    Konwar was released from the Guwahati Central Jail, along with his co-activist and KMSS leader Bittu Sonowal, on Sunday after 7 months of imprisonment. They were arrested for their role in the anti-CAA protests.      

    Konwar said, “During the interrogation, NIA represented the imperialist mindset and ill-intended propaganda of the BJP and RSS. The NIA has lost its sanctity of an investigation agency. Their approach was quite political.”  

    Expressing concern over the griming flood situation of the state, Konwar said, “Central government has no pain for the people of Assam. It (Centre) is not releasing funds for the flood management to let us die in the disaster. It shows how the central government considers Assamese as slaves.”

    He also appealed the people of Assam to uproot the BJP and RSS from the soil of Assam in the 2021 assembly election.

    While proclaiming to resume the anti-CAA protests in the state, Konwar said, “We must force the Centre as well as the state government of Assam to scrap the CAA. The communal and imperialist BJP is conspiring to endanger the Assamese in Assam by implementing the draconian Act. We have to resume our movement against it in a more strengthened way.”

    Terming the novel coronavirus a political weapon of the ruling BJP, Bittu Sonowal said, “The Centre, as well as the state government of Assam, have completely failed in containing the pandemic coronavirus. It has created a chaotic situation in the state by imposing lockdown in the name of Covhid-19 management. The lockdown was not enforced for the BJP and the RSS. It was solely for the common men.”

    Recently, the duo was tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 9 for which they were undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). On Sunday, they were released from the GMCH premises after being tested negative for Covid-19.

    Sonowal was granted bail by a special court of the NIA on July 15 while the same court granted bail to Konwar on July 17. 

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