All Assam Mandal Kanangu Sanmilani general secretary Amulya Kalita in Jorhat on Monday. Telegraph picture
Jorhat, Aug. 29: Work in all land and revenue department offices across Assam came to a halt today following a three-day ceasework call given by the All Assam Mandal Kanangu Sanmilani, demanding action against Baghbor MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed, who allegedly abused and assaulted a revenue department employee in Barpeta district in lower Assam last month.
The Sanmilani has threatened to undertake a series of protests, including launching an indefinite strike from next month, if Ahmed is not arrested and disqualified from the Assembly.
The state apex body of land and revenue department employees, which was formed in 1926, has nearly 3,240 members posted in 188 revenue circle offices across the state. Its central office is in Guwahati.
The organisation’s general secretary, Amulya Kalita, today said it was “really appalling” that even after a month of the incident, the police had not taken any action against the Congress MLA, who has been charged with abusing and assaulting Nurul Islam, who was on flood relief duty.
A criminal case against Ahmed under Sections 294, 365, 506 and 353 of the IPC was registered at Kolgosia police station on July 31 after Islam lodged an FIR. He alleged that the MLA had hurled verbal abuses at him and also assaulted and threatened him before a crowd on July 30 when Ahmed visited Kismat Mayanbari riverbank to take stock of the flood relief measures.
Kalita said Islam, who was involved in relief work since July 27 and had been spending nights on a boat, was publicly abused and assaulted by Ahmed. The MLA had falsely accused him of negligence of duty when Islam went to another adjoining village to provide relief materials to a camp.
Kalita criticised the “police and government inaction” in the case.
“The home department is under chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. So is the revenue department that has an MoS but still the government is not doing anything. They are indirectly protecting the accused. How could the police sit over the case?” he questioned.
Kalita said memoranda on the issue were sent to the chief minister, governor and Speaker just after the incident.
Demanding Ahmed’s immediate arrest and a statement from the government in the case, Kalita said the Barpeta district unit of the AAMKS had suspended work on August 4-5 after which the district administration assured that legal action would be initiated after Independence Day celebrations but to no avail.
In the next few days if their demands were not met they would launch a five-day ceasework from September 6. The association would resort to another ceasework for an indefinite period from September 14, he added.
Kalita said they would write to AICC president Sonia Gandhi about the incident and urge her to take disciplinary action against Ahmed, who had joined the party before the Assembly polls. Before joining the Congress, Ahmed was an AIUDF legislator.