Yesterday, a delegation of leaders from Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been refused entry into Assam’s Cachar district. This delegation was stopped at Assam’s Silchar airport. The delegation was here to take stock of the situation after the publication of NRC final draft.
Earlier this week, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had called the NRC, a well-planned conspiracy to evict Bengalis and Biharis from Assam. She had also announced that she would send a delegation to Assam for evaluation of current conditions.
TMC parliament member Sukhendu Shekhar Ray alleged they were assaulted. On this Airport officials said the delegation was shown a copy of deputy commissioner S Lakhsmanan’s prohibitory order barring them from entering Silchar.
On the other hand, Assam police Chief Kuladhar Saikia accused the delegation of attacking police. He said, “We have kept them inside the airport. Some of them indulged in the scuffle in which two women police constables were injured.”
TMC’s Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O Brien said on this event of stopping a political delegation, “This is super emergency. Trinamool MPs and MLAs were not allowed to come out of the airport. Police assaulted them. They are not lawbreakers but lawmakers. In Parliament, the government is making silly excuses and the home minister did not reply.”

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