Congress MP Abdul Khaleque has lodged a complaint with the Dispur police station against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for allegedly making a provocative speech against Muslims.

While referring to a part of the Chief Minister Sarma’s speech in Morigaon district on December 10, where he purportedly described the Gorukhuti eviction exercise as an “act of revenge” for the incidents of 1983, Khaleque accused chief minister Sarma of giving a “communal colour to what was supposed to be an executive exercise”.

The Assam government carried out a massive eviction drive at Dhalpur in Gorkhuti area under Sipajhar police station in Darrang district against hundreds of Muslim families in September.

Two people, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed in police firing during the eviction drive.

In his complaint, Khaleque reportedly said that the eviction drive had seen “brutal killings” as well as homes being “burnt to the ground”.

“By calling such horrendous acts as revenge, Sri Himanta Biswa Sarma has not only justified the killings and arson committed there, the legality of which is sub-judice before the Gauhati High Court, but he has gone far ahead and communalized the whole exercise – the target of which was the Muslim population living there,” MP Khaleque said in his complaint.

The Barpeta MP sought an FIR against Sarma under Sections 153 and 153-A of the Indian Penal Code.

“The Chief Minister of a state has the constitutional obligation to protect its citizens irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Instead of doing so and preserving the social fabric of our beloved state, the Chief Minister is aggravating the situation through his vindictive hate-mongering,” the complaint read.

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