Arrested Sikha Sarma slapped with sedition charges

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GUWAHATI, April 7: Popular writer and singer Sikha Sarma, who was arrested for a controversial post in Facebook on Tuesday, was remanded to 14-day judicial custody under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), including a case of treason –Section 124A of IPC on Wednesday.

Sikha Sarma was taken into police custody by the Dispur Police after two lawyers of Gauhati High court lodged an FIR against her over a Facebook post written after the death of 22 jawans in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh.

Sarma in a Facebook post refused to consider the soldiers killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh as martyrs.

She wrote, “Salaried professionals, who lose their lives during service, cannot be considered martyrs. By this logic, an employee working in the power department, who dies due to the electrocution, should also get the status of a martyr.”

Sharma also asked the media not to confuse people on the issue.

Guwahati police commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta informed that Sikha Sarma was presented before the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Kamrup Metro, who remanded her to jail custody.

Many people in Assam and other parts of the nation including soldiers from the borders in Jammu and Kashmir expressed anger at this post by Sikha Sarma.

On the issue of arrest of social activist Sikha Sarma, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora said that the arrest of Sarma is a legal matter and the law will take its own course.

“But we strongly condemn the hate speech and rape threats against her on social media and we demand that the government should take stringent action against those who have posted such messages,” Bora told a press conference here.

He also condemned minister of state Pijush Hazarika’s threat to two journalists of ‘Pratidin Time’, urging police authorities to ensure that proper action is taken against him and demanded that he should be disqualified from his position.


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