Tinsukia: Altogether 35 members of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) were detained by Sadiya police for showing black flags to BJP MP Pradan Baruah and Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Monday.
The incident took place when the BJP leaders were heading towards Sadiya to attend a booth-level meeting.
The development came at a time when three youths were arrested by Jorhat police for showing black flags to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal about three weeks ago, and amid a series of black flag protests happening across the state in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
According to deputy superintendent of police (HQ) of Sadiya police Bhargav Goswami, 15 members of the organisation’s Sadiya aanchalik samiti were detained at zero point on Bhupen Hazarika Setu towards Dhola side after they waved black flags to saffron party leaders travelling in a convoy.
“Another 20 members from Sadiya aanchalik samity were detained at the other end of the bridge and taken to Nau-Sadiya police outpost,” said Goswami.
The members of AASU were released after they were kept in detention for almost four hours, Goswami added.
Lambasting Sonowal for the state’s intolerance toward democratic protest, AASU district general secretary Samerjyoti Gohain said that Sonowal is known what he is today because he started his career with protests. “He cannot suppress our democratic protest by making arrests, nor can he make us afraid by abuse of state machinery,” added Gohain.
“The action of detaining our activists simply shows that the government is on the back foot and afraid of the protests,” said Gohain, adding: “The protests will grow only louder and stronger until the CAA is scrapped.”