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Police plan legal action after video shows Trinamool MP assaulting constable at Assam airport

A policewoman was injured as Trinamool Congress leaders protested their detention at Silchar.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2018 09:08 IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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Constable Rubi Rani Das was among the police who detained Trinamool Congress leaders.(ANI photo)

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra was accused of assaulting and injuring a police constable after a party delegation was prevented from leaving Assam’s Silchar airport on Thursday

The delegation flew to Silchar to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the publication on Monday of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that has excluded over 40 lakh.

A video tweeted by news agency ANI showed Moitra pushing constable Rubi Rani Das and shouting as the policewoman pleads with her with folded hands. A photo showed Das bandaged later.

Director General of Assam Police, Kuladhar Saikia said legal action will be pursued against the eight-member delegation .

Saikia said, “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.”

“Police have kept them inside the airport with restrictions on their movement. In the scuffle, two of our constables and one worker from district administration were injured. Legal actions will be taken,” he added.

The Trinamool delegation comprised MPs Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Thakur, minister Firhad Hakim and MLA Mahua Moitra.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 21:58 IST