Guwahati, July 12, 2019:
The Assam Police has registered a case against ten people, mostly from the Bengali-origin Muslim community, for their alleged portrayal of the Assamese society as “xenophobic” through their poems written in the ‘Miya’ dialect. The complaint has been filed by a certain Pranabjit Doloi, a resident of Beltola area of Guwahati city in Assam.
Speaking to Inside Northeast, Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar has said that a case has been filed against ten persons on the 10th of July at the Panbazar Police station. “The matter is being looked into and operations have been started as per the legal procedures”, he added.
The case has been registered at 479/19 in Panbazar Police Station in Guwahati against Hafiz Ahmed, Rehna Sultana, Abdur Rahim, Asharful Hussain, Abdul Kalam Azad, Karishma Hazarika, Kazi Sharowar Hussain alias Kazi Neel, Banamallika Choudhury, Shalim. M. Hussain and Farhad Bhuyan.
It has been alleged that the poets are trying to hinder the NRC process as well as create a situation of “communal unrest” in the state through their sentimentally and emotionally-charged poetry.
Moreover, it has been alleged that the so-called ‘Miya’ poetry is going viral on social media ahead of the NRC publication date due to its coverage by leading national and international publications like Al Jazeera, The Wire, etc. Hafiz’s poem, ‘Write Down I am a Miya’ has been cited for reference.
It was further added in the FIR that, “The accused person are creating an image of our state as a barbarian state in the eyes of the world which is a threat to the security of the nation in general and Assam in particular. The accused person’s intention is to depict a picture of Assamese people as xenophobic in the eyes of the world which is a serious threat to the Assamese people as well as towards national security and harmonious social atmosphere.”
The sections under which the case is registered are- section 120 (B), 153 (A), 295 (A) and 188 of the IPC and R/W Section 66 of the IT act.
Police sources have confirmed that efforts are on to locate these poets.
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