Pro-talk ULFA leader Mrinal Hazarika’s comments of returning back to the period of the 80s to stop this Citizenship (Amendment) Bill from getting passed and likewise silencing the Bengali organizations which are planning to hold a mass convention over this issue on November 17 has not gone down well among many in Barak valley. Though, late to react over this grave issue, reacting strongly to the challenges floated by Mrinal Hazarika, against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students Association (ACKHSA) on Friday slammed the BJP-led state government for its inaction against such inflammable comments.
Describing such an act by this pro-talk ULFA leader, Rupam Nandi Purakayastha, Chief Advisor of the student body, talking to Northeast Now, said, “When the Central Government is taking a positive step towards settling the vexed issue of Citizenship in the state, some troublemakers are hell bent on disrupting the proceedings. The state government is playing the role of Dhitarastra while a jungle raaj prevails in Assam.”
According to the ACKHSA advisor, the government should have taken steps to stop such attempts to breach peace and brotherhood between two valleys as envisioned by the government.
Talking to this correspondent at length, Nandi Purkayastha went on to say that, “Mrinal Hazarika even embraced Islam in his hey days as an extremist in Bangladesh. He converted to ‘Alimuddin Khan’ instead of Mrinal Hazarika to run his, as well as his, other top leaders’ clandestine operations and businesses. They have worked in tandem with the ISI also during those periods. If they are surrendered extremists, how come they get so much leverage to make such comments, questioned, Purkayastha to the state government?”
He added, if Subodh Biswas was sent to prison for an act or comments of his, then, why the government is mum over such inflammatory comments made by pro-talk ULFA leader, Mrinal Hazarika.
Challenging Mrinal Hazarika’s statement of returning back to the 80s to stop this bill at any cost, the ACKHSA leader said that they wouldn’t sit back this time round and would retaliate every move that anyone takes against them.
Niranjan Dutta, a retired professor from Guru Charan College and advisor to this students association, said, “Democracy is seriously in crisis and the state government must intervene at the earliest to put an end to such malicious efforts to spread hatred among people living in Assam.”
On a parting note, ACKHSA leader also hinted upon filing an FIR against Mrinal Hazarika in a day or two to put at rest, whispers, as to why no one from Barak valley is stepping up to do this simple act of condemnation.