Swahid bedi vandalised in Basugaon, AASU condemns

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HT Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, May 13: Tension is simmering in Basugaon in Assam’s Chirang district after unidentified miscreants defaced the martyrs’ column (swahid bedi) and singnboard of the office of the Basugaon Regional Students Union (BRSU), a unit of All Assam students Union (AASU) on Sunday night.

The inscription engraved on the headstone was also smeared with black paint with additionally smearing the signboard of the office with blank ink. This is the second such attack on an AASU office in the state within a span of two years. Earlier activists of Nikhil Bharat Bangali Udbastu Samanvay Samiti (NIBBUSS) went on a rampage and ransacked a local AASU office at Silapathar in Dhemaji district on March 7, 2017.

An FIR was lodged with Basugaon Police Station in this connection. However, no one has so far been arrested. The incident took place at a time when a section of organisations in BTAD districts Urkhao Gwra Brahma led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) alleged that some complaints have been lodged “blindly against innocent common people where complainants are not even available in the hearing”.

All Assam Bengali Youth Federation (AABYF), All Bodoland Minority Students Union (ABMSU) also came up to protest against notices being served to the bonafide citizens by NRC authorities for verification of their citizenship.

Brahma further alleged that “some people with vested interest are circulating misinformation by dragging the name of UPPL in the conspiracy of harassing people by lodging false complain”.

On the other hand, Congress has also submitted a memorandum to the Kokrajhar district registrar of citizen alleging that minorities were being harassed in the name of the NRC even after due verification of their documents.

Meanwhile, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya urged the members of the student to be patient and not to be provoked and aggressive for such incident. A delegation of AASU led by its president Dipanka Kumar Nath has arrived Basugaon to take the stock of the situation.

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