FIR Filed Against 10 in Assam Over Poem on Citizenship Issue

Assam National Register of Citizens
Assam National Register of Citizens

Guwahati, July 13 : An FIR was filed against 10 people for writing poems against the citizenship issue in Assam. Complaints were filed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker and a journalist against the Bengal-origin Muslim poets and activists, accusing them of trying to defame the Assamese community as ‘xenophobic’.

The FIRs were registered under Sections 120b, 153a and 188 of the IPC with section 66 of the IT Act which pertains to cybercrime and “computer-related” offences.

The FIR filed by a Guwahati-based journalist, Pranabjit Doloi, alleged that the accused persons were trying to “hinder the process of NRC”.

“The accused person’s intention is to depict a picture of Assamese people as xenophobic in the eyes of the whole world, which [is] a serious threat to the Assamese people, as well as, towards the national security and harmonious social atmosphere. The real intention of this poem is to motivate and provoke their community against the system,” the FIR read.

Hafiz Ahmed, the president of Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad in a statement after the FIRs issued a statement stating the intention was not to insult Assamese nationalism. Poets who write in a dialect colloquially called the ‘Miya’ dialect.

“Our attention was drawn to the controversy on a video of compiled poems. We can never think of insulting Assamese nationalism. As an Assamese myself, my work in spreading Assamese language and culture is well-known among the conscious people of Assam. If the poems have hurt the sentiments of any of my fellow Assamese people, I apologise,” Ahmed said in the statement.

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