A delegation of Congress leaders, together with Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi and AICC common secretaries Jitendra Singh and Ajoy Kumar had been stopped at Jorhat airport by the district administration on Wednesday after they had been on strategy to Nagaland, the place the Army gunned down 13 civilians in a botched anti-insurgency operation.
The delegation was on strategy to Mon on the instruction of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Singh is in command of Assam and Kumar of Nagaland.
They had been stopped following an order issued by the Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Barman which mentioned that in view of the prevailing regulation and order state of affairs in Mon district and in bordering districts following Saturday’s incident, the motion of civilians and others from Assam facet has been restricted by the Nagaland authorities.
“There are sufficient grounds to prohibit their (Congress delegations’) further movement considering the present sensitive situation at the Assam-Nagaland border in Jorhat district. Therefore considering their safety with regard to the prevailing situation, the delegation is prohibited to go beyond Jorhat airport unless the Nagaland government gives them permission to enter that state,” Barman mentioned.
Gogoi mentioned the Congress delegates had been directed by Sonia Gandhi to go to Mon and meet the bereaved households. But the Assam authorities prevented them from going there.
“Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are bent on destroying the democratic fabric of the country. We have been prevented from going and so we are sitting on a dharna outside Jorhat airport,” he mentioned.
Singh mentioned that the Congress delegation was going to Mon categorical their condolence to the bereaved households of the slain mine staff however was detained.
“What is surprising is that if there is a law and order problem in Mon then Nagaland government should have stopped us and not the Assam police. This indicates that there is something that the Assam government is trying to hide which our visit could have exposed,” he added.