Families of Assam’s “AAC Martyrs” Bank on Congress Alliance
After Abdul’s death, Mamud’s brother Akabbar filed a complaint on December 24 on behalf of the family at the Guwahati Police Station in Garchuk, under whose jurisdiction the alleged shooting took place. Obtaining the death certificate had been a daunting task, Mamud added, and once the case was registered he was summoned once by an additional deputy commissioner in Guwahati to record his statement. That was a year ago, and he hasn’t heard from anyone since.
This, Mamud argued, was because of “badmashi, Or criminal act, by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his powerful cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“The BJP government is in power,” he said. “They blocked the case. The government is shameless and no longer has humanity.
Abhijit Gogoi, who was the Garchuk police station investigator in the death of Abdul, said Laundry that a preliminary report was given a year ago to Himangshu Das, the additional police commissioner who is now the investigator. The case has since been investigated under the supervision of a deputy commissioner of the criminal division of the police. Das declined to comment on the matter or explain the delay.
In the meantime, Mamud said, the family has received financial support from Congress and its ally, the All India United Democratic Front. The village of Holongbari falls under the constituency of Bhabanipur, whose legislator, Abul Kalam Azad, is from the AIUDF.
For Mamud, the mission is now to ensure the victory of opponents of the CAA, without however specifying which party he would vote for.
“Thanks to the CAA, the BJP government plans to bring more Bangladeshis to Assam, an already overcrowded land,” he said. “We can never support him.”
Mamud added that he is now campaigning for a non-BJP government and promises to get at least a few hundred votes through his friends and family. “This will be my contribution to the fight against CAA and BJP,” he said.
His optimistic voice, he said: “The death of the anti-CAA martyrs will not be in vain. People will give a resounding response to the arrogant BJP government this time around. “
All photos by Ayan Sharma.
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