Detention of TMC MPs at Assam’s Silchar airport, when they arrived for on the spot study to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the publication of the complete draft of the NRC, resulting to new uproar.
The TMC delegation including six MPs were kept in the VIP lounge of the airport. There were reports that TMC leaders Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Mamata Thakur were beaten up by the police.
The delegation was on a two-day visit to the state where they were scheduled to participate in a convention against the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) which was released on Monday.
Lashing out at the Centre and the Assam government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee accused that they were allegedly manhandled by Assam police.
A parliamentary delegation went to meet the people (in Assam). They were not allowed outside the airport. Asking that why is the Assam government behaving like this, along with the Centre, Mamata accused that this is a political vendetta and the BJP only has muscle power.
She added, “If Section 144 has been imposed in the area, why couldn’t the delegation go in groups of two and meet the affected people whose names have not appeared on the list?”
Meanwhile, TMC members, led by senior leader Saugata Ray, protested the detention of four of his party MPs at the Silchar airport in Assam and demanded a response from the government on it in the Lok Sabha. Roy accused that Assam police interfering with the free movement of people and this is a breach of privilege.