FIR filed against Rahul, other Cong leaders for violence during Nyay Yatra: Himanta

Gandhi said the CM directing to file a case against him shows ''that they have fear in their hearts. They are afraid as the people of Assam are standing up as 'tufan' & 'andhi' against them''

Rahul gandhi addressing a crowd in Assam on Day 11 of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra (screen grab from @RahulGandhi/X)
Rahul gandhi addressing a crowd in Assam on Day 11 of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra (screen grab from @RahulGandhi/X)
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The Assam police on Tuesday sum motu registered an FIR against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other leaders for “wanton acts of violence” on Tuesday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Jatra is currently in Assam and the alleged acts of violence took place while the party supporters and leaders allegedly clashed with police personnel in their bid to enter Guwahati, allegedly deviating from the approved route.

Four police personnel were injured in the scuffle, Guwahati Police Commissioner Diganta Bora said.

''With reference to wanton acts of violence, provocation, damage to public property and assault on police personnel today by Cong members, aN FIR has been registered against Rahul Gandhi, KC Venugopal, Kanhaiya Kumar and other individuals under section 120(B)143/147/188/283/353/332/333/427 IPC R/W Sec. 3 of PDPP Act'', the Chief Minister posted on X.

Sarma had earlier in the day instructed the Director General of Police G P Singh to register a case against Rahul Gandhi for provoking the crowd to break the barricades.

Singh also said that appropriate action is being taken against those involved in unlawful activities.

Gandhi said the chief minister directing the DGP to file a case against him shows ''that they have fear in their hearts... They are afraid as the people of Assam are standing up as 'tufan' and 'andhi' (storm) against them''.

The barricades were erected along a highway to prevent Congress leaders and supporters taking part in the Yatra from entering the main thoroughfares of Guwahati, the largest city of the northeastern state.

As Congress supporters removed the barricades, a scuffle with the police personnel ensued leading to injuries suffered by state Congress president Bhupen Borah and leader of the opposition in the state assembly Debabrata Saikia.

Addressing the public from atop a bus, Gandhi said that they have broken barricades but ''we will not break the law''.

He alleged that while BJP president J P Nadda was allowed to take the same route earlier, Congress was not permitted.

"You should not think we are weak. We have broken the barricades," he told his workers and supporters, calling them "babbar sher" (lion).

The chief minister said that evidence is emerging as to how Gandhi and senior leader Jitendra Singh “instigated the mob to kill Assam police personnel. … Our police personnel are servants of the public and do not belong to any royal family. Rest assured, law has a long arm, it will definitely reach you."

The FIR was lodged suo-moto by Guwahati City Police at the Basishta police station, Guwahati Police Commissioner Diganta Bora said.

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Published: 24 Jan 2024, 9:54 AM
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