The Bharatiya Janata Party in a statement claimed that the Gorukhuti eviction drive was a duty executed by the state government to fulfill the “dream of an Atmanirbhar Assam” while countering MP Abdul Khaleque for the FIR that he filed against Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Subash Dutta, Assam BJP spokesperson in a statement said, “During the Assam agitation indigenous people were killed in Gorukhuti and Abdul Khaleque supporting encroachment by immigrants has proved the Congress’s agenda against the indigenous people of the state.”

The BJP also alleged that Khaleque was a part of an international conspiracy that aimed to derail the government’s efforts to make Assam encroachment free.

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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 the Gorkhuti area under the Sipajhar police station in Darrang district against hundreds of Muslim families in September.

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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”.

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