GUWAHATI, July 17 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today described the resignation of NewsLive editor-in-chief Atanu Bhuyan as unmasking of a vile individual who had set a despicable trend in media through planned news and hoped that all the developments since the July 9 molestation incident will check the degradation that has set in media in Assam.
Addressing media persons here, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said that the resignation of Bhuyan also proved what the KMSS had long been claiming that Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was the owner of NewsLive and that there was a growing nexus between criminals, journalists and politicians.
�The police do not want to nab the prime accused Amarjyoti Kalita as his arrest will disclose the truths behind the planned attack on the woman. The State machineries are constantly being used for political mileage only,� alleged Akhil reasoning that if the police had been really sincere in their intention to nab the culprit, they would have maintained secrecy about all his movements and activities.
Akhil further expressed doubts whether the special investigation team inquiring into the molestation incident would be able to deliver the results. He alleged that as all the officers in this team were close to Himanta Biswa Sarma, the real culprits who are all high profile individuals, might get safeguard.
�When we had approached the DGP to hand over the raw footage of the incident he told us that in the case of high profile people it is difficult to take legal action,� disclosed Akhil appealing to all people in the State not to be misguided by a section that was trying to dilute the main issue by questioning the personal profile of the victim.
�NewsLive has made Assam bow her head in shame. People across the globe have come to know that the molestation incident was orchestrated by NewsLive,� said Akhil.
On the other hand, the KMSS leader also candidly said that neither the National Commission for Women nor the Assam State Commission for Women would be able to ensure justice for the victim because all the members in these organizations are not elected, but appointed on political considerations.
�Next time the representatives of National Commission for Women come to the State, we are planning to stage a dharna,� said Akhil.
Akhil claimed that the incident also proves the increasing instability of the Assam government and factionalism within the ruling party. The KMSS has demanded that IGP (Central Western Range) GP Singh be removed for the law to take its own course.
The KMSS announced that if necessary it would approach an independent forensic science laboratory with the raw footage as the State-owned one had never conducted any tests in an impartial way before.