Complaint against ‘The Hindu’ Editor-in-Chief Suresh Nambath, two scholars

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An Assamese civil society organization Wednesday filed a complaint versus The Hindu editor-in-chief Suresh Nambath and two researchers in connection with a recent eviction campaign in the state, Mojo East reported.

Pravajan Virodhi Manch, an organization opposed to undocumented migrants in Assam, lodged the complaint at Latasil police station in Guwahati.

The organization opposed two articles written about the violence that took place during an eviction campaign in Darrang district (Assam) on September 23. Two civilians died in Sipajhar after state police opened fire on villagers protesting the eviction.

One of the articles was written by Surah Gogoi, researcher at the National University of Singapore, and has been published in The Hindu. The other article was written by Choudhury of Angshuman, senior researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, on his blog.

Choudhury also wrote about Bijay Bania, the Darrang District Administration photographer who was seen in a video jumping on a man lying motionless on the ground. The man who had been attacked was identified as Moinul Haque.

The complaint stated that the article of The Hindu “Has had numerous cases of offensive speeches made against Assam and the Assamese community at large.”

The organization alleged that Gogoi’s article deliberately encouraged discord and hatred towards the Assamese community among other social groups, according to Mojo East.

The complaint also alleged that Choudhury had made criminal statements comparing Bania to the 17th century military commander Lachit Borphukan. The organization said the reference was an “attempt to provoke a riot”.

After facing criticism, Choudhury edited the article to remove the reference to Borphukan, Mojo East reported.


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