TMC Delegation Detained For Insisting on Visiting Assam To Study Situation Post NRC Draft Release

A TMC delegation comprising six Members of Parliament and 2 MLAs deputed  by the party’s supremo  to Assam to make an on-the spot study  of the plight  of the people post release of NRC draft  was detained  by the Police at Silchar airport on Thursday. Police said  despite  repeatedly informing  them that there  was  Section  14 Cr PC  imposed  on the Cachar district  as a precautionary  measure , the  delegation  insisted  on  proceeding to  the city and two constables  were injured .They would be put up in a guest house tonight and send  back  on an aircraft bound  for Bengal tomorrow . They were scheduled to land in Guwahati on Friday .An angry Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on receipt  of their  detention lashed out at the Centre and the Assam government / The delegation was on a two-day visit to the state where they were scheduled to participate in a convention against the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) which was released on Monday.

While addressing the media, the TMC head honcho said, “A parliamentary delegation went to meet the people (in Assam). They were not allowed outside the airport. Why is the Assam government behaving like this, along with the Centre? This is a political vendetta. The BJP only has muscle power.”“If Section 144 has been imposed in the area why couldn’t the delegation go in groups of two and meet the affected people whose names have not appeared on the NRC draft , she added. She also  alleged The police roughed up the members including the lady lawmakers  Four lady MPs and one lady MLA, also one state minister and our party’s chief whip in the  all of them were subjected to this uncalled-for behaviour: This is the beginning of their end. They are frustrated. That is why they are acting like a bunch of hooligans: AS Mamata is upping ante against the BJP-led government at the Centre, Assam TMC chief has resigned protesting against TMC’s stance on NRC draft.The  TMC  delegation  consisted of consisted of Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Bala Thakur, Firhad Hakim and Mahua Moitra. The team arrived at the airport  on Thursday afternoon and was supposed to participate in the convention, besides visiting various  parts of the state.“As soon as we reached the arrival lounge of the Silchar airport, we were confronted by a team comprising the district magistrate and police officers. Police personnel hit me on my chest. The cops also manhandled Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Mamata Bala Thakur and Mahua Moitra,” TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray alleged. The 8 member TMC team lead by Minister Firhad Hakim plans to hold a meeting in Cachar district. However, currently, Section 144 is imposed in Cachar district, which comprises of large Bengali population. “We will sit here till the time they don’t allow us to go out,” he said, adding that they are waiting for instructions from the party leadership to decide on their next step.

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