Assam: After Detention Congress Leaders Sit on Dharna at Airport
The Congress on Wednesday alleged that a delegation of its leaders was not allowed to visit Nagaland’s Mon district where 14 civilians were killed by the Army, with Rahul Gandhi claiming the government was “scared” of the party.
The delegation comprising Congress general secretary Jitendra Singh, the party’s Nagaland in-charge Ajoy Kumar and MP Gaurav Gogoi protested at Jorhat in Assam claiming that they were not being allowed to visit Mon district and meet the families of the victims.
We have been sitting on a dharna at Jorhat airport for last three hours. Our only aim is to visit our brothers and sisters in Nagaland and tell them Congress party stands with them at this hour of grief. The Assam police under instructions has detained us at Jorhat airport. pic.twitter.com/vT2ezLEj7I— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) December 8, 2021
According to the party, the delegation was supposed to meet the victims’ families and submit a report on the incident that occurred earlier this week.
“Congress delegation is not allowed to meet the bereaved families in Nagaland. The Government of India is scared of us sharing people’s grief. But nothing will stop us,” Rahul Gandhi said in a Facebook post using the hashtag ‘No Fear’.
Protesting against the illegal detention of Congress delegation at Jorhat and preventing us from travelling to Mon district in Nagaland to meet the families of the victims. @JitendraSAlwar @INCIndia @drajoykumar @INCAssam pic.twitter.com/zxFMCKV8vJ— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) December 8, 2021
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The illegal detention of Congress delegation comprising Jitendra Singh, Gaurav Gogoi and Ajoy Kumar from visiting Nagaland reflects the fascist mindset of the (Narendra) Modi government.”
“Civil liberties and life of the people of Northeast is imperilled and we are being prevented from exposing them,” he said.
The illegal detention of Congress delegation comprising of @JitendraSAlwar , @GauravGogoiAsm & @drajoykumar from visiting Nagaland reflects the fascist mindset of Modi Govt.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 8, 2021
Civil liberties & life of people of North East is imperilled & we are being prevented from exposing the@. pic.twitter.com/6p8iIzVWzx
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had constituted a committee to visit families of the victims of violence in the Mon district of Nagaland and submit a report within a week.