After the BJP-led alliance came to power in the state in 2016, Assam government has registered a total of 251 sedition cases against various individuals and organisations, the Assembly was informed on Monday.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, in a written reply, said 245 sedition cases were filed since May 26, 2016 when the present coalition government took charge in Assam.
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In response to query by the leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia of the Congress, Patowary said sedition cases have been filed against militant groups such as ULFA(I), NDFB (S), NDFB(B), KLO, NSLA, NSLA(AT), UPLFS, DHD, DHNA, NSCN(IM), ZUF and ATF among others.
Sedition cases were also registered against several individuals like RTI activist-cum- peasant leader Akihil Gogoi in Dibrugarh district and Guwahati city.
Besides Gogoi, sedition cases were registered against eminent intellectual and Sahitya Akademi awardee Hiren Gohain and journalist Manjit Mahanta for their comments on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The Bill, in violation of Assam Accord, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014.
The Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha, seeks to provide citizenship to only non-Muslims — Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis — from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.