GUWAHATI: The Assam Police team which left for Kolkata to arrest Kolkata based political commentator, Garga Chatterjee returned empty-handed on Tuesday. Chatterjee is wanted for making deregulatory comments against the first Ahom king Swargadeo Chaolung Sukapha. Assam police say they did not get required cooperation from the West Bengal government into the case.
Following chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s directive to arrest Chatterjee and registration of numerous FIRs against him, the Assam Police team, headed by DCP (Crime) Barun Purkayastha, left for Kolkata and had to face massive public ire there.
Members of Bangla Pokkho, an organisation headed by Garga Chatterjee, along with members of some other organisations also claimed that Chatterjee was targeted for speaking in favour of Bengalis residing in Assam. 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.
The Assam Police team on Tuesday and were shifted for quarantine to a hotel on quarantine after COVID-19 test at Sarusajai stadium.
Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta said that due to non-cooperation of the West Bengal Police and various mass agitations, the team could not arrest the accused. Further legal action will be initiated to arrest Chatterjee soon, he said.
Earlier in Kolkata, Kaushik Maiti, a member of Bangla Pokkho said, “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.”