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Widespread protests against Jamiat Chief Madani in Assam

By Amitava

Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind Chief Maulana Arshad Madani's statements regarding Assam has sparked a controversy and invited flak.

Along with widespread protest in the State, three FIRs have been lodged against him in Assam. Various organizations and individuals have demanded Madani's arrest.

Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind Chief Maulana Arshad Madani

"Three FIRs have been received by us so far. The Jamiat leader was accused of making provocative statements. We are investigating the case. Law will take its own course," stated Mukesh Sahay, Director General of Police, Assam.

Madani while addressing a meeting organized by Delhi Action Committee on Assam in Delhi on Monday had threatened that Assam would burn if Muslims are excluded from the Nation Register of Citizens (NRC).

He further alleged that the BJP Government wants to exclude the Muslim population from the NRC.

"It is a conspiracy to create a Rohingya like situation," Madani had alleged.

Several names, mostly of women have been excluded from the NRC after Panchayat Certificate was declared as an invalid document to prove family lines.

Protest emerged from different quarters. Madani's effigy was torched in different places in the State.

Rituparna Konwar, Congress Spokesperson dubbed Madani's statement as "communal and provocative" adding that under no circumstances whatsoever can such statements be supported.

The Hind Yuva Chatra Parishad is one of the outfits that lodged an FIR against Madani at the Tezpur police station.

Activist Prabin Saikia stated, "There is a deep-rooted conspiracy to create disturbances in order to slow down the process of eradicating the infiltration problem."

He further stated that the people of Assam want a foolproof NRC so that the State can effectively combat the Bangladeshi infiltration problem.

"The NRC can safeguard the political, natural and economic rights of the indigenous people of the state," added Saikia.

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