Assam rights activist files complaint against Rahul Gandhi on Bandh

 

MORIGAON, Sept 10: A human rights activist in Assam filed a police complaint Monday against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, alleging harassment of common people in the state owing to a bandh sponsored by his party on the issue of rising fuel prices, following which an FIR has been registered, police said.

In his complaint at Morigaon Sadar police station, Raju Mahanta, the president of NGO Sahai, said Congress members violated the rights of the common people in Assam.

Even patients on their way to hospital faced obstructions on the road due to the bandh, Mahanta, whose NGO works for the rights of destitute, elderly people and underprivileged children, said in his complaint.

“On the basis of the complaint, an FIR has been registered against the president of the party,” a senior police officer said.

The FIR was registered in the case referring to Gauhati High Court’s last year verdict, which declared all strikes in the state as “illegal and unconstitutional”, the officer said.

The Congress had called for Bharat Bandh Monday in protest against the BJP-led NDA government’s inability to curb fuel prices or arrest the depreciation of rupee.

Normal life was affected in BJP-ruled Assam earlier in the day with bandh supporters attempting to stop movement of trains, blocking national highways and burning tyres.

Some protesters were also seen setting up bamboo barricades to prevent movement of public vehicles, causing inconvenience to students and office-goers, officials said. (PTI)