Bongaigaon: Dr Garga Chatterjee from Kolkata tendered an unconditional apology to the people of Assam after his controversial remarks describing Ahom kingdom founder Chaolung Sukapha as a “Chinese invader”.
Taking to social media, Chatterjee posted a video on social media informing the people that he has written a letter to the chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal expressing regret over his remarks and promised not to repeat such acts in future.
“From the core of my heart, I unconditionally apologize to all the people of Assam including the Tai Ahom community through honourable chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for any previous social media post by me that may have unintentionally hurt anyone’s sentiment,” said Chatterjee in the video.
His apology comes two months after Assam CM directed the state police to arrest Garga Chatterjee for his defamatory remarks against Chaolung Sukapha that could lead to unrest between communities in Assam.
On June 17, Chatterjee took to social media and wrote: “Why does @sarbanandsonwal regularly celebrate a Chinese invader and his invading army? Why does banned separatist group ULFA also celebrate the Chinese invader? Do real Indians know that Indian tax money is being used by BJP in Assam to put up statues of a Chinese invader?”
Chatterjee’s remarks led to widespread outrage among the people of Assam. Several FIRs were filed against him and a team of Assam Police went to Kolkata to take him in custody but were unable to do so. The Gauhati High Court later issued a fresh warrant directing Kolkata police commissioner to arrest Garga Chatterjee.