Guwahati, March 13: Following the acts of violence in Silapathar by Nagpur based pro-Hindu Bengali group Nikhil Bharat Bengali Udbastu Samannay Samitee (NBBUSS) on March 6, the Assam police has taken precautions and banned the group from conducting any public meeting. Permission for the NBBUSS’s public rally in Mayong scheduled for Friday was also cancelled by the police, confirmed Chief of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay.
NBBUSS which has been functioning in the state of Assam for the last two years, is primarily based in Nagpur and has been demanding citizenship for the Hindu Bengalis immigrants of Bangladesh. Although the group maintained low key, only until now, on March 6, more than hundred members of the NBBUSS ransacked and vandalised the Silapathar unit office of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). After protest by the AASU members against the violent attacks of the NBBUSS, the police arrested 27 members of the Bengali group directly involved with the violence.
According to Mukesh Sahay, Assam Police Chief said , “Police are going to be ruthless when any nuisance by anyone or any group, irrespective of political affiliation affects the social fabric of the state.” He further added, “The Silapathar public rally was the first public program of the NBBUSS. Since it is not a banned group, the authorities had granted permission earlier. Investigation is on to unearth whether the ransacking by the activists of the NBBUSS was pre-planned or of it happened in the heat of the moment.”
Taking full precaution, the District police has been reportedly ordered to follow the standard operating procedure before allowing the holding of any public rally in the future.
The police is also probing the funding trail of the group to reportedly ascertain its motives and activities. The police are also interrogating the arrested members of the group to find out more facts.
Fearing any possible future incident of violence, as per Special Director General of Police, Kuladhar Saikia said that the Army has been kept on ‘standby’. Saikia said, “Already 14 companies of security forces are in Dhemaji district.” He further added that as at least 20 state police companies are returning after Manipur assembly elections, if required more police forces will be sent to the district.