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Assam NRC Row updates: Police prohibits TMC delegation, leaders from entering Guwahati until further notice
  • 22:04 (IST)

    Police prohibits TMC delegation, leaders from entering Guwahati until further notice

    The Guwahati Police Commissioner has issued an order prohibiting TMC delegation, party leaders and any other person who can make an inflammatory speech against NRC from entering Guwahati

  • 20:55 (IST)

    Assam Police says TMC leaders taken in preventive detention to maintain law and order

    Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Agarwal has clarified that the delegation of the MPs and MLAs of Trinamool Congress has been taken in "preventive detention" under section 151 of the CrPC. The leaders were detained in view of a possible disruption of the law and order situation in Barak Valley, especially during the ongoing drive for concluding the process of NRC  in the state. 

    Input by Tilak Purkayastha, 101 Reporters

  • 20:41 (IST)

    TMC leader Mahua Moitra seen assaulting woman constable at Silchar Airport

  • 20:25 (IST)

    Assam Police arrests members of TMC delegation, says report

    The eight members of the TMC delegation who arrived in Silchar over the Assam NRC issue were arrested by the Assam Police, News18 Assam and North East reported on Thursday. The TMC leaders are West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim, MLA Mohua Moitra, and MPs Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Mamta Thakur, Nadimul Haque, and Arpita Ghosh.

  • 19:49 (IST)

    '200 suspected foreigners in NRC draft of Morigaon district'
    The names of 200 suspected foreigners belonging to 39 families made it to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft that was released in Assam's Morigaon district, Deputy Commissioner Hemen Das said on Thursday.
     
    He said the matter was detected during the printing process of the draft in the district. These names would be omitted from the final NRC draft, which would be released after disposing of the claims and objections, Das added.
     
    PTI

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Centre imposing super Emergency, says Mamata Banerjee
    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that members of a Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation were "manhandled" by police at an Assam airport and accused the Centre of imposing "super Emergency".

    "When I went to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh, he told me that no one will be harassed. And after that, a TMC parliamentary delegation comprising a minister, one MLA and six MPs who went to meet the victims was not allowed to come out of the airport itself. Inside the airport, they were manhandled by Assam Police. Even female members were not spared," Banerjee said after returning to Kolkata from Delhi on Thursday evening.

    IANS

  • 19:40 (IST)

    BJP's ally in Tripura strikes discordant note on NRC revision

    The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP in the north-eastern state, has raised a case for a revision of the citizens' register to safeguard the state's demography, despite Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb's assertion that there is no need for it.
     
    State Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia, who is also the IPFT general secretary, said he was hoping for a revision of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) since the demographic situation in Assam and Tripura was "more or less similar".
     
    "We have already demanded a review of the NRC in the state. We had submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs before the 18 February Assembly election. Assam and Tripura face more or less the same situation in terms of demographic balance," he said, adding that the IPFT was planning to organise a mega rally of tribals near Agartala to press its demand.

    PTI

  • 19:30 (IST)

    TMC MP Saugata Roy raises issue in Lok Sabha, says Assam authorities move breach of MPs' privilege 

    Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Saugata Roy raised the issue of party delegation being stopped at Assam's Silchar Airport in Lok Sabha. He said a delegation of party leaders, including MPs, which was on its way to Assam to assess the situation after release of the final draft of the NRC, was "detained" at Silchar airport.

    He said it was a breach of their privilege. He was supported by other Trinamool Congress members. Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, who was in the chair, said that he would convey their sentiments to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Roy later said that the "freedom of MPs has been eroded by Assam government" and that he would give a privilege notice on the issue.

  • 19:25 (IST)

    TMC leaders want to foment unrest in Assam, says Bengal BJP

    West Bengal BJP leaders on Thursday accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation of going to Assam to foment trouble over the issue of the NRC. Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dilip Ghosh claimed that the Trinamool delegation went to Assam to provoke tension in the region and possibly to fuel a "civil war" on the lines of their party supremo Mamata Banerjee's comments.

    "No one asked them to go to Assam. Why did they go there? Their party chief Mamata Banerjee said a civil war will start in Assam over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list but Assam has been peaceful so far. Maybe the Trinamool team went there to start a civil war," Ghosh alleged.

    IANS

  • 19:19 (IST)

    Assam Police say legal action will be taken against TMC leaders for violating Section 144, injuring police personnel 

    Assam Police DGP, Kuladhar Saikia said, "We had requested the delegation of TMC leaders not to come to Silchar now as it was important for us to maintain peace in the state. Moreover, Section 144 is imposed in Cachar district. We feared that their arrival might create differences among people and so they were stopped at the airport." 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    TMC leader Antosh Choudhary says party leaders may be kept at NIT guest house overnight 

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Assam NRC field officer, army man, CISF jawan miss spot on NRC list

    Moinul Hoque, a government teacher who was deployed as Field Level Officer for NRC, Sepoy Inamul Hoque, and Osman Gani, a CISF jawan have something in common. According to The Indian Express all of these people are on government pay role, are serving the nation, and claim to be Indian citizens but yet they find themselves among the 40 lakh people whose names are missing from the “complete draft” of the NRC. 

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Assam Police plan to send back TMC delegation to West Bengal

    According to sources, the Assam Police has given the TMC delegation two options. They can either stay over at a guest house in Silchar under police protection and will be put on the first flight out of Silchar tomorrow. Alternatively, the TMC leaders can choose to go to Guwahati from where they will be put on a plane to Kolkata tonight as the state capital is also under section 144.

    During their stay in Silchar they cannot hold meeting or meet anyone and in Guwahati they are restricted to go out of Airport

    Input by Tilak Purkayastha/101 reporters

  • 18:40 (IST)

    NRC trouble spills over to other states: BJP wants list of citizens in Bengal, Delhi; Khasi students stop vehicles in Meghalaya

    The controversy around the NRC list has spilled over to other states as well. In West Bengal, BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "More than a crore illegal immigrants live in Bengal too. We won't spare anyone. They will have a very bad time." BJP's Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari had also written to the home ministry to run a similar exercise in the national capital to weed out 'illegal' Rohingya Muslim immigrants from the region. 

    Meanwhile, in Meghalaya, vigilantes led by Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and other groups set up check posts on the highway and other border routes to keep “illegal migrants” out of “our homeland”, The Hindu  reported. 

  • 18:17 (IST)

    TMC mulling privilege motion in LS over detention of party MPs in Silchar

    The All India Trinamool Congres Party is mulling to bring a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha over the detention of party MPs at Silchar Airport in Assam, News18 reported. The party members also claimed that they were manhandled by the local police. 

  • 18:07 (IST)

    Three police personnel, including two women constables injured in scuffle with TMC leaders

  • 18:04 (IST)

    Will take decision on arresting TMC leaders after hearing their plans, says Assam Police

    "We’ll take a decision on arresting the TMC delegation only after hearing their next course of action as they still are inside Silchar airport. During the scuffle with the TMC delegation team, one of our lady was constable injured. We cannot allow deterioration of the law and order situation," Assam Deputy General of Police, Kuladhar Saikia said. 

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Assam Police mulling to shift TMC delegation to NIT guest house 

    According to sources in the Assam Police, the authorities are thinking of shifting the eight TMC leaders to the NIT guest house in Silchar. The leaders are currently still inside the airport as the authorities did not allow them to walk out and meet the people left out of the NRC draft. 

    Input by Pranjal S, 101 Reporters

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Assam Police says woman constable injured during scuffle with TMC delegations

    Assam Deputy General of Police, Kuladhar Saikia said: "The order issued to TMC delegation was clear, they were told by Dist Administration not to visit Assam so that the existing peace and harmony in state is not disturbed but they were reluctant. One lady police was injured in the scuffle at Silchar Airport

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Don't agree with Mamata Banerjee on NRC issue, says Dwipen Pathak 

    Dwipen Pathak, who resigned as the party's Assam unit president just an hour ago, said, "What Mamata Banerjee said about NRC, that it has been brought in Assam to drive out Bengalis, is not true. I don't agree with that. It might create disturbance here and the blame would be on me as the party president, so I've resigned from the post."

    Pathak also said that party supremo Mamata Banerjee never cared about Assam and now she is interfering in the state's matter and spreading rumours about a sensitive issue. 

  • 17:19 (IST)

    'This is the beginning of the end': Mamata Banerjee says crackdown on TMC leaders shows BJP's frustration 

    Reacting to the news that the TMC members have been detained at the Silchar Airport, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said, "It is not just enough to condemn these atrocities. I think this is the beginning of the end. They are frustrated, they are politically tensed and depressed and that's why they are showing muscle power." 

  • 17:14 (IST)

    TMC delegation detained at Silchar Airport by Assam Police

    The Assam police has detained the TMC members at the Silchar airport after they threatened to sit on a dharna inside the airport. The TMC delegation was protesting against the police's move to prevent them fromleaving airport and meeting people who have been left out of NRC list.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    TMC MPs to sit on dharna at Silchar airport, say reports

    According to News18 Assam and North East, the delegation of TMC leaders will sit on a dharna protest inside the Silchar airport in Assam to protest against the police action of preventing them from leaving airport and meeting the people.

    Party leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy told News18 that this was a political decision taken to stop TMC leaders from meeting the people and had nothing to do with administrative concerns

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Assam TMC chief Dwipen Pathak resigns over NRC row 

    President of Assam TMC, Dwipen Pathak who was the party's only MLA in Assam Assembly has resigned from his post. He held a press conference in Guwahati where he announced his decision to quit from his post.

    He had urged the Trinamool Congress to not send a delegation to Assam. He said that he cannot act against his state and that the TMC is trying to divide Assam through divisive politics and provocative remarks.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Watch: TMC delegation was stopped at Assam's Silchar airport

  • 15:54 (IST)

    TMC leaders allege police misbehaved with party delegation at airport

    All eight TMC leaders are still at the Silchar airport. Party leader Kakali Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the Assam Police was misbehaving with her party colleagues. However, S Laxman, Assam's Cachar district 's deputy commissioner denied the allegations saying that nothing like this had happened. 
     

    Urban development minister of West Bengal, Firhad Hakim, who is also a part of the delegation trying to visit Assam, alleged that the police have retained only TMC members while they allowed other 71 passengers to go. "The situation is worse than Emergency in the country. BJP has adopted strong-arm tactics to intimidate us but we won't be afraid. We will fight the injustice meted out to Indian citizens until we find a logical conclusion to this problem," Hakim said.

    Input by Atonu Choudhary/ West Bengal/ 101 reporters

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Govt thwarting TMC leaders from exercising democratic right, says Assam TMC general secretary Antosh Choudhury 

    "Lakhs of people are suffering in Assam due to NRC. Our leaders came here to meet the common people and to see how they are dealing with the sutuation. As public representatives and citizens of India, they can go anywhere in the country. Assam is part of India and thus such sort of behavior from the administration is undemocratic. We strongly oppose it, government will have to give an answer to all of this," Choudhary said. 

    Input from Tilak Purkayastha/101reporters

  • 15:32 (IST)

    MP Sougata Roy raises issuue of TMC MPs being detained at Silchar aiport in Lok Sabha

    TMC MP Sougato Roy on Thursday raised the issue of TMC MPs being detained at the Silchar airport by Assam police in the Parliament. He said that this is a "breach of privilege".

  • 15:29 (IST)

    TMC MPs shout slogans against Modi govt at Silchar airport

    Detained TMC MPs shouted slogans at the Silchar aiport as police took assurances from them that they won't indulge in provocative speeches while in the State.

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Assam government is 'terrified', we will fight for 'Maa Mati Manush': TMC

    "The Assam government under Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonwal is terrified. We will fight till the end for the Maa Mati Manush of Assam," said Trinamool Congress (TMC) in a tweet from its official handle.

  • 15:21 (IST)

    'Our democratic right to meet people', says TMC MP Derek O'Brien 

    "Our delegation was detained at Silchar airport. It is our democratic right to meet people, this is a super emergency like situation," said TMC MP Derek O'Brien

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien addresses media, alleges manhandling of TMC MPs at Silchar airport

    TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Thursday addressed a press conference in Delhi to allege manhandling TMC MPs at the Silchar aiport in Assam. He said that TMC has no intention of breaking the law.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Heavy security deployment in Silchar 

    Security has been beefed up in various areas of the Barak Valley town. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed around the airport premises.Assam Police is also closely monitoring the situation.

    Image courtesy: Firstpost/Tilak Purkayastha

  • 14:52 (IST)

    TMC MPs detained inside Silchar airport as a precautionary measure

    The TMC Delegation led by Farhad Hakim has not been allowed to get out of Silchar Airport. They have been detained inside the airport as a precautionary measure.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    TMC delegation detained at Silchar airport, asked to assure that they won't make any provocative speeches over NRC issue

    The TMC delegation that landed at Silchar around 2 pm was detained inside the airport by the police. 

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Silchar administration stops TMC MPs from exiting airport

    TMC representatives were not allowed to enter Silchar. As soon as they landed at the Silchar Airport, the administration stopped them from exiting the airport, local reports claimed.

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Assam Student Union welcomes TMC delegation, asks them to see for themselves the growth of illegal migrants in the State

    The All Assam Students Union​ (AASU) general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said, "We welcome them. Since they are here we want them to visit the porous Indo-Bangla border and look for themselves the situation the state is in. Also, let them take a look at the unprecedented growth of illegal migrants in these areas. I hope their visit is pleasant and I am sure that they won't achieve what their leader has set out to achieve. People of the state have welcomed the NRC draft release and there is no apprehension among the people." Pranjal Sharma

  • 14:31 (IST)

    TMC delegation stopped at Silchar airport

    According to NDTV reports, the TMC delegation has been stopped at the airport itself.

  • 14:30 (IST)

    APW President Abhijeet Sarma to meet Assam DGP at 4.30 pm today

    Assam Public Works (APW) President Abhijeet Sarma will meet with DGP Kuladhar Saikia regarding the visit of TMC delegation to Assam at 4.30 pm today. The meeting is also to discuss Mamanta Banerjee's recent comments on the Assam NRC issue.Pranjal Sharma

  • 14:25 (IST)

    TMC delegation lands in Silchar; could be detained inside airport

    The flight carrying the TMC delegation has landed at the Silchar airport.The delegation is led by West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim and comprises of 6 MPs and a woman MLA. Local reports say that they may be detained inside the airport as a precautionary measure.

  • 13:53 (IST)

    No objection to TMC delegation's visit, but no tolerance for violence: Assam minister

    On Wednesday, Assam Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had said that the state government has no objection to TMC leaders visiting Assam, but if they try to create disturbances over the NRC issue, the government will be bound to take action.

  • 13:51 (IST)

    TMC delegation to hold meeting over NRC issue at Rajiv Bhawan in Silchar

    According to reports, the TMC delegation plans to hold a meeting at Silchar Rajiv Bhawan to discuss the NRC issue with leaders of several Bengali organisations. However, no permission has been sought yet for holding the meeting.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Heavy security deployment at Silchar airport, in various areas of Barak Valley

    According to local media reports, security has been beefed up at Silchar airport with heavy deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF), CRPF, BSF, Assam Rifles and Assam Police personnel in various areas of the Barak valley town. Assam Police ADGP (Law & Order) Mukesh Agarwala is monitoring the situation.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Sec 144 imposed in Silchar ahead of TMC MPs' visit

    Section 144 of CrPC has imposed in Silchar in Assam’s Barak Valley ahead of the visit of the TMC delegation. Assembly of more than 5 people is prohibited in an area and no one is allowed to hold protest or deliver speech in a gathering.

  • 13:27 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien says citizenship 'not a gift to be taken back by BJP trolls'

    Senior TMC leader Derek O'Brien tweeted that 'citizenship is a fundamental right, not a gift or toy that is handed over or taken back by BJP trolls'.

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Taslima Nasreen says Indian politicians not India 'need more Muslims'

    Earlier on Thursday, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen targeted the minority appeasement politics of TMC and tweeted to convey that Indian politicians need Muslims to solidify their vote banks.

  • 13:13 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee says Assam NRC will 'destroy' India-Bangladesh relationship

    Mamata Banerjee said that only one percent of the 40 lakh residents, whose names are missing from the draft NRC, could be infiltrators, but people are being "harassed" in the name of infiltrators. She said that she has appealed to all Opposition parties to send their respective delegations to Assam and that she has urged former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also to visit the state. "The NRC will destroy the relationship between India and Bangladesh," she said.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    TMC leaders Kakoli Ghosh, Nadimul Haque and Mamata Thakur among the delegation

    The TMC delegation includes — Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh and Mamata Thakur — apart from State Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and MLA Mahua Moitra.

    "We will be visiting Silchar, Guwahati and Nagaon. We will try to interact with the people whose names have been deleted in NRC," the TMC MPs said.

  • 13:07 (IST)

    TMC delegation to also visit Guwahati, meet intellectuals 

    The TMC delegation is expected to land in Silchar at around 2 pm on Thursday. The team will also go to Guwahati on Friday. In Guwahati, it is likely to meet some intellectuals and eminent citizens to discuss the Assam NRC issue.

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Six TMC MPs leave for Silchar to take situation of Assam NRC issue

    The Trinamool Congress has sent a six-member team of MPs to Bengali-dominated Silchar in south Assam's Barak Valley on Thursday to take stock of situation since the final draft of the NRC was released on Monday. 

Assam NRC Row Live Updates: The Guwahati Police Commissioner has issued an order prohibiting TMC delegation, party leaders and any other person who can make an inflammatory speech against NRC from entering Guwahati.

After reaching Kolkata from her Delhi trip, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that members of a Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation were "manhandled" by police at an Assam airport and accused the Centre of imposing "super Emergency".

The Trinamool Congress leaders, who are detained at Silchar Airport, claimed that they were beaten up by the police. However, the Assam Police has said that three of its personnel, including two women constables, were injured in the scufflw with TMC members.

 Assam NRC Row updates: Police prohibits TMC delegation, leaders from entering Guwahati until further notice

TMC leaders were stopped at an airport in Assam. Screengrab from News18 video

TMC may bring in a privilege motion in Lok Sabha after the party's MPs were allegedly manhandled and detained at the Assam airport. According to News18, the party may bring in themotion in the ongoing Monsoon Session.

The Assam police has detained the TMC members at the Silchar airport after they threatened to sit on a dharna inside the airport. The TMC delegation was protesting against the police's move to prevent them from leaving airport and meeting people who have been left out of NRC list.

TMC Assam chief and party's lone MLA in Assam Assembly has quit his post over the NRC row. Pathak said that he had tried to dissuade the party from sending a delegation to Assam but since TMC has decided to play divisive politics, he cannot work against his state.

TMC leader and West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim has said that the situation under BJP rule is worse than the Emergency. He said that the party has been using divisive politics to reap political gains

"The Assam government under Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonwal is terrified. We will fight till the end for the Maa Mati Manush of Assam," said Trinamool Congress (TMC) in a tweet from its official handle.

TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Thursday addressed a press conference in Delhi to allege manhandling TMC MPs at the Silchar aiport in Assam. He said that TMC has no intention of breaking the law.

Security has been beefed up in various areas of the Barak Valley town. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed around the airport premises.Assam Police is also closely monitoring the situation as TMC MPs have been detained at Silchar airport.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said, "We welcome them. Since they are here we want them to visit the porous Indo-Bangla border and look for themselves the situation the state is in. Also, let them take a look at the unprecedented growth of illegal migrants in these areas. I hope their visit is pleasant and I am sure that they won't achieve what their leader has set out to achieve. People of the state have welcomed the NRC draft release and there is no apprehension among the people."

According to NDTV reports, the TMC delegation has been stopped at the airport itself. Whereas, some local reports claimed that the TMC representatives were not allowed to enter Silchar. As soon as they landed at the Silchar Airport, the administration stopped them from exiting the airport.

The six-member team of TMC MPs has reached Assam's Silchar, reports have said. However, there were reports which said that the delegation could be detained inside the airport and not be allowed to enter Silchar.

Further sharpening her attack on the BJP, Mamata on Wednesday accused the saffron party of playing vote-bank politics, while also warning that the issue will "destroy" India's relationship with Bangladesh. The Trinamool Congress would send a six-member team of MPs to Bengali-dominated Silchar in south Assam's Barak Valley on Thursday to take stock of situation since the final draft of the NRC was released on Monday.

The Telegraph quoted Mamata as saying that the NRC exercise was targeted at those with Bengali surnames and would lead to a "civil war". The TMC delegation is expected to land in Silchar at around 2 pm on Thursday. The team will also go to Guwahati on Friday.

Mamata said only one percent of the 40 lakh residents, whose names are missing from the draft NRC, could be infiltrators, but people are being "harassed" in the name of infiltrators. She said she has appealed to all Opposition parties to send their respective delegations to Assam. The TMC chief said she has also urged former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to visit the state.

"The NRC will destroy relationship between India and Bangladesh. Out of 40 lakh people whose names are not in the list of NRC, only one percent could be illegal infiltrators. But the BJP is trying to show that all those not included (in NRC) are infiltrators," she told reporters outside the Parliament House.

The TMC delegation includes the likes of Sekhar Ray, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Nadimul Haque, Arpita Ghosh and Mamata Thakur apart from State Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim and MLA Mahua Moitra. "We will be visiting Silchar, Guwahati and Nagaon. We will try to interact with the people whose names have been deleted in NRC," one of the MPs told the Mumbai Mirror.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee and BJP chief Amit Shah were involved in a bitter war of words on Wednesday on the NRC issue with Shah asserting that the process will be implemented to the last full stop and comma as it was a matter of national security, and the TMC chief warning that this may lead to "civil war" and "blood bath".

Updated Date: Aug 02, 2018 22:18:45 IST