At least three police personnel including two women constable were injured in a scuffle when Assam police tried to prevent members of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) delegation led by fired Hakim from going out of the Kumbhirgram airport in Barak Valley’s Silchar. The incident took place at the time when an eight-member delegation of TMC arrived at Silchar airport to assess the situation in Assam in the wake of the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) publication which has left around 40 lakh out of the list.

While the three have been given medical attention, questions are being raised about the political brazenness with which certain leaders from the delegation, namely Mohua Moitra behaved with the cops. Though TMC has rubbished allegations of assault, injuries of police personnel say a different story altogether.

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The delegation constituted West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim, MPs Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Thakur and MLA Mohua Moitra who arrived at the airport by a Jet Airways flight at 1.50 pm. A scuffle broke out when they tried to violate Section 144 of CrPC imposed in Silchar. When police personnel tried to resist them from venturing out, TMC leaders started shouting slogans against the police.

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Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said that two cases have been registered against TMC MPs and MLAs. The cases pertain to violation of Section 144 of CrPC and causing injuries to police personnel. But the Assam DGP clarified none of the TMC leaders were arrested.

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The TMC delegation is scheduled to visit Guwahati on Friday, but the Guwahati city police have already imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city to maintain law and order. Earlier, Assam Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that Assam government has no objection to TMC leaders visiting Assam, but if they try to create disturbance over the NRC issue, the government will be bound to take action.

On the other hand, disappointed over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee‘s remarks on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, state chief of TMC and former MLA Dipenj Pathak quit the party.

While resigning from TMC’s Assam unit president post, Dipen Pathak said in a press conference held in Guwahati on Thursday that, Mamata Banerjee has tried to disrupt the present peaceful situation in Assam by sending TMC delegation team to Barak Valley from West Bengal. Pathak further alleged that the TMC supremo didn’t discuss anything on the matter with him or other leaders of Assam.

On similar grounds, two TMC leaders from Assam Diganta Saikia and Pradeep Pachoni quit the party on Wednesday.

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