Assam MLA Sherman Ali, known for making controversial and communal statements has been arrested from Dispur, Guwahati today. A few days back the congress MLA had made some incendiary and provocative statements on Assam Agitation and its martyrs.
His statements came after the eviction exercise carried out in Gorukhuti, Mangaldai turned ugly where two encroachers lost their lives. Post Gorkhuti the battle of narratives between the pro encroachment side and anti-encroachment side reached its height in the media.
Sherman, a Congress MLA from Baghbor known to be dominated by Bengali speaking Muslims of East Bengal origin, referred to those killed at Chaulkhua Chapori in Darrang during the Assam Agitation as ‘Killers’. Allegedly they were killed by encroachers during the height of the agitation. Dayanath Sarma’s brother Joynath Sarma later became an MLA.
Sherman Ali in his statement took all the 855 martyrs of Assam Agitation under his statement’s fold.
Several organizations registered multiple FIRs at various police stations. His own party slapped a ‘show cause notice for his statements terming him to be an agent of Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sherman has also made a number of provocative statements in the past. Only last year he had demanded artifacts and history of ‘Miyas’, a moniker for Muslims of East Bengal origin, be included in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.