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Assam police mulling FIR against TMC delegation that has been detained at Silchar airport

By Vikas

Guwahati, Aug 2: The Assam Police on Thursday said legal action would be taken against the TMC delegation which has been detained at Silchar Airport as two constables were injured in a scuffle with them. The eight-member team of TMC legislators and parliamentarians landed at Silchar airport in Assam to campaign against National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

"We had requested the delegation of TMC leaders not to come to Silchar now as it was important for us to maintain peace in the state. Moreover,Section 144 is imposed in Cachar district. We feared that their arrival might create differences among people," Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia told the media.

"Police have kept them inside the airport with restrictions on their movement. In the scuffle, 2 of our constables and 1 worker from district administration were injured. Legal actions will be taken on the basis of FIRs by injured and for violation of Section 144," he added.

Six MPs Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh and Mamata Thakur and Bengal urban development minister Firhad Hakim and MLA Mahua Moitra are part of the delegation.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier today lashed out at the Centre and the Assam government after TMC delegation was detained and allegedly manhandled at Silchar Airport.

Condemning the incident, TMC MP Derek O Brien said, "It is our democratic right to meet people, this is a super emergency like situation."

He said they were waiting for instructions from the party leadership to decide on their next step and that they will bring a privilege motion in Parliament.

Television channels played video clips of police personnel jostling with members of the Trinamool delegation.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, however, alleged that the delegation went to Silchar to "spread tension and create trouble" and that they have no business in Assam.

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