The Assam Congress on Wednesday challenged the BJP government to prove that violent protests against the CAB (now Act) were the result of a “deadly nexus” among a section of Congress workers, “urban Naxals” and PFI.
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday had said there may be a “deadly nexus” among the three that tried to burn down the state secretariat during the December 11 protests.
APCC president Ripun Bora said that minister Sarma is forcefully trying to link the violent incidents with the Congress by naming some of the party’s youth leaders.
“Some Youth Congress leaders were indeed present at the spot like many other true Assamese. But does it prove that they were involved in violence?,” Bora told reporters.
He said the BJP government is resorting to a tactic of threatening people to derail the anti-CAA movement.
Bora said the Congress would move the Assam Human Rights Commission against “wrongfully” picking up Congress workers across the state alleging their involvement in violence.
“We challenge the BJP government and minister Sarma to prove that the Congress is behind the violence. If any concrete evidence is presented (against any Congress worker), we will take action against that person. Otherwise, Modi and Sarma should apologise for giving a peoples’ movement a particular colour,” Bora said.
“The BJP is trying to crush the movement. They are targeting select leaders and arresting them without any FIR or complaint. We condemn the way Akhil Gogoi has been treated – bringing him to the court with handcuffs on,” Bora said.
He alleged that the police have threatened Congress workers across the state as the party is leading the anti- citizenship law movement.
“We have met the DGP this morning and asked him to stop harassing Congress workers. We also requested him to probe the killing of four innocent youths in police firing. We will meet the chief secretary also,” Bora said.