FIR against Nilamani Sen Deka
Nilamani Sen Deka. Image: Northeast Now

A Hojai-based journalist has filed an FIR against former Assam minister Nilamani Sen Deka for his recent derogatory remarks against the Bengali speaking people of the state.

The FIR has been filed by one Sanjit Sarkar on Tuesday afternoon.

In the FIR Sarkar mentioned Sen Deka’s ‘communal’ comment that he made to a satellite news channel on Sunday.

“The former minister had commented that the Bengali speaking people of Assam are trying to destroy the Assamese language and culture that they are obstructing the development of Assamese community,” Sarkar wrote in his FIR.

“Such statements can incite communal tensions in the state and the Bengali speaking community of the state vehemently opposes it,” the FIR added.

Sarkar further said that Sen Deka’s statement has made the Bengali speaking community of the state wary and that they are forced to live in fear as the particular statement may flare communal riots in the state.

“Such provocative statement may promote riot among various groups on grounds of religion, race and languages. Stringent legal action needs to be taken against Sen Deka,” Sarkar wrote in his FIR.

“I would, therefore, request you to kindly register a case under section 153 A and 505(2) of IPC for his communal inciting provocative statement,” Sarkar said.

Speaking to Northeast Now Sarkar said, “Nilomoni Sen Deka does not know the History of Assam.”

“He doesn’t know that Sanskrit Pandit and a Bengali Padmanath Bidyabinod was one of the architects behind the establishment of Cotton College and Asom Sahitya Sabha,” Sarkar said.

Sarkar further added that Nilamoni Sen Deka is unaware of the unparalleled contribution of Pulok. Banerjee, Kuloda Kanta Bhattacharjee in the field of Assamese musical industry.

“Nilamani Sen Deka has intentionally tried to create hatred between the Assamese and the Bengali people of the state. His statement has invited unrest and insecurity within the Bengali people,” Sarkar added.

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