Guwahati: The Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), an anti-influx body led by Supreme Court lawyer Upamanyu Hazarika, pressing for a high-level probe into the Sonitpur clash incident suspected foul play by the state police.
On Wednesday, the situation turned violent when locals in Sonitpur’s Thelamara village engaged in violent clashes with a group of under the banner of Ram Sena who took out a bike rally celebrating the bhoomi pujan ceremony. Several vehicles, two-wheelers were torched by the angry mob forcing police to blank fire to disperse the crowd. The violence-hit areas were put under indefinite curfew since then.
Assam Police later registered three cases and trying to identify the culprits.
Later mobile videos of the incident surfaced where many were seemed to be shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
Hazarika said, “The raising of “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans by those of suspected Bangladeshi origin people in Thelamara is evident not only from video footage but eyewitnesses also vouched for it. However, police categorically asserted that such slogans were never raised that too without an investigation despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The raising of “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan coupled with violence is an offense of waging war against the State.”
Coming down heavily on Sarbananda Sonowal government, Hazarika said, “The present government shows no hesitation in registering cases of waging war against the state against those who criticize the chief minister and other leaders. People were slapped with sedition charges even for reciting poetry for the indigenous cause, which is a gross misuse. However, the manner in which the district administration has sought to cover up the commission of the offense is indeed mysterious.”
The PVM alleged that the state government has been trying to cover up the incident in a bid to appease Bangladeshi vote bank.
“In the last few decades, the Congress governments had patronized the Bangladeshi migrants for vote bank but in a tacit manner. And now the present Sonowal led government also shows no hesitation in doing so openly,” PVM alleged.
Police sources said that when the bikers reached a temple in the Thelamara area and started cracking firecrackers, locals objected. A scuffle between the two groups immediately triggered violence when locals torched a few two-wheelers in anger.