Banners, posters released in this regard

Kolkata: Terming Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal as anti-Bengali, demonstrators in large numbers shouted anti-Assam Police slogans as a team from the state police reached Kolkata to arrest Kolkata-based political commentator Garga Chatterjee for allegedly insulting the first Ahom king Chaolung Sukapha.

Members of Bangla Pokkho, an organisation headed by Garga Chatterjee, along with members of some other organisations here claimed that Chatterjee was targeted for speaking in favour of Bengalis residing in Assam.

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Posters against the BJP-led Assam government

A three-member team of Assam Police, led by DCP (Crime) Barun Purkayastha, left for Kolkata on Saturday to arrest and bring Garga Chatterjee of West Bengal, who recently made offensive remarks on social media about Swargadeo Chaolung Sukapha and the Ahom community, to Assam.

The development came after Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Guwahati Police Commissioner to arrest and bring Chatterjee to the state.

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A case related to this has been registered in the Crime Branch of Assam Police against Garga Chatterjee along with four other such cases for making provocative statements.

According to sources, it is alleged that Assam Police team is not being cooperated by West Bengal Police in arresting Garga Chatterjee and send him to Assam.

“Assam Police should leave West Bengal as soon as possible. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is anti-Bengali. If Assam Police believes that they can arrest Garga Chatterjee from West Bengal and will be able to take him to Assam, they are wrong. This won’t be possible in West Bengal,” Kaushik Maiti, a member of Bangla Pokkho said.

Sources also said that a legal team from Bangla Pokkho will approach the Gauhati High Court seeking anticipatory bail to Garga Chatterjee.

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