Guwahati: A ‘political’ issue has been delaying the arrest of Garga Chatterjee, a Bengali nationalist and political commentator, who had recently infamous for terming the founder of the Ahom dynasty- Sau Lung Sukapha as a Chinese invader, said Assam Police.
His comment though had sparked statewide protests last month and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had to order a special police team to rush to Kolkata and nab him, Chatterjee’s arrest continued to remain a ‘difficult’ task for state police.
After a city police crime branch team had to return empty handed, the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup metro district issued an arrest warrant against Chatterjee on June 30 and directed the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata to arrest the accused and produce before the court on or before July 3.
However, he has not been arrested yet.
Assam Police Director General Bhaskar Jyoti Mahata on Monday said, “There are some ‘political’ issues and technical matters involved. Assam Police have been working on it and soon can get hold of him. The process is on.”
However, the police chief did not reveal much on the issue and on West Bengal Police’s role in the case.
Earlier, sources in the police team which went to Kolkata to arrest Chatterjee revealed that the state police team did not receive any support from their counterparts in Kolkata.
The police team allegedly could not even take any action against the accused as his supports were obstructing the state police team from working in the neighbouring state.
Official sources added that being a non BJP government is West Bengal; Assam Police allegedly failed to receive full cooperation from the local authorities there.
On June 17, Chatterjee had 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?”
Assam celebrates ‘Asom Divas’ on December 2 every year to commemorate Sukapha.