GUWAHATI, May 13 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today alleged that miscreants smeared with black paint the office premises of its Basugaon, Chirang unit last night where even the swahid bedi (the altar built in memory of martyrs) could not escape the desecration. This was done with an ulterior motive to incite trouble so as to frustrate the ongoing process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State, the student body alleged even as an AASU delegation led by its president Dipanka Kumar Nath reached Basugaon today.
The Basugaon AASU members staged a sit-in demonstration on the AASU office premises covering their faces with black cloths. AASU assistant general secretary Nabajyoti Rai and Chirang district AASU unit president and general secretary Dipak Kumar Das and Rupak Kumar Das respectively also took part in the demonstration.
In a statement here, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in this �nefarious act�. They also urged AASU members and the general public not to be provoked by this incident.
�Nobody should be allowed to divert people�s attention from the target of preparing a foolproof NRC, devoid of the names of any foreign national,� the AASU leaders said.
AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya also condemned the Basugaon incident.
Meanwhile, civil society body, the Assam Nagarik Samaj, in a statement here today appealed to the people of the State to remain vigilant against any attempt at disrupting the ongoing process of NRC update. Tension is gripping the State on the issue concerning the complaints lodged against many people whose names have featured in the NRC, the Samaj observed.
Only with the intention of harassing a section of the people, some people have lodged complaints against them challenging their locus standi before the NRC authorities, the Samaj said, adding, �if some forces have perpetrated such heinous deeds, then certainly they deserve condemnation.�