GUWAHATI: Assam Congress MLA Sherman Ali was arrested on Saturday night by the city police in Guwahati for his provocative remarks on the martyrs of Assam agitation. Sherman Ali compared, the eight martyrs killed by migrant Muslims at Dhalpur in Darrang district during Assam agitation, with murderers. Major protest erupted across Assam after the derogatory comment by the Congress MLA.
The Baghbor constituency MLA was arrested from Dispur MLA hostel last night and taken to Panbazar police station.
It should be mentioned that, after the violent eviction drive in Dhalpur on 23rd September, Sherman Ali said that the youths killed by migrant Muslims in 1983 were murderers. He further added that these types of killings should be appreciated. Assam police booked the controversial MLA under section 153 and 153(A) of IPC.
Earlier the Congress party had served a show cause notice to the MLA for his remark on the martyrs of Assam Agitation. But people were questioning the very normal reaction by the Congress party. Many demands suspension of MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed from the party. But Congress leadership are not paying attension to these public outcry and now trying to defend Sherman Ali. In a video statement on 30th September, Congress MLA Ali said that if Congress return to power in Assam, they will make it sure that the Darrang district DC-SP, who conducted eviction against illegal Muslim settlers at Dhalpur, would hang.
It is noteworthy to mention that MLA Sherman Ali earlier claimed that Dayanath Sarma and eight others martyrs were murderers of migrant Muslims, not martyrs. Ali's derogatory remarks about the 855 martyrs of Assam agitation was opposed by all sections of people across Assam. AASU, AGP, AJYCP and many other indigenous organization's demanded immediate arrest of MLA Sherman Ali. Many complaints were filed against Ali by various organization's in many police stations including AASU.