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Ruckus in Assembly over migrant�s case

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 9 � The Assembly today witnessed a stormy scene with AIUDF legislators accusing the State government of doing little to prevent harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Sherman Ali Ahmed was expelled by Speaker Pranab Gogoi for dishonouring the decorum of the House during his protest.

Raising the issue, AR Khan of the AIUDF said one Moinal Molla of Barpeta whose parents were Indian citizens, had been wrongly confined to a detention camp following �erroneous� court verdicts, including two rejected appeals in the Gauhati High Court.

Khan alleged that it was due to lapses on the part of a State government official that Molla, who hails from a poor family, was declared an illegal migrant, and that it was for the State government to facilitate his appeal in the Supreme Court for negating the High Court verdict.

Padma Hazarika (AGP) questioned the rationale behind the AIUDF asking the State government to take up the cause of a �legally declared� foreign national.

Speaker Pranab Gogoi asked the State government to seek legal opinion on the matter.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain in his reply, said the State government would seek legal opinion and do the needful after Molla placed his case in the Supreme Court. He added that government directives were already in place for preventing harassment of genuine Indian citizens.

Hussain�s reply failed to pacify the agitated AIUDF members, especially Sherman Ali Ahmed, who continued with his demand for the State government�s active involvement in Molla�s case, resulting in his expulsion from the Assembly for the day.

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Ruckus in Assembly over migrant�s case

GUWAHATI, March 9 � The Assembly today witnessed a stormy scene with AIUDF legislators accusing the State government of doing little to prevent harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Sherman Ali Ahmed was expelled by Speaker Pranab Gogoi for dishonouring the decorum of the House during his protest.

Raising the issue, AR Khan of the AIUDF said one Moinal Molla of Barpeta whose parents were Indian citizens, had been wrongly confined to a detention camp following �erroneous� court verdicts, including two rejected appeals in the Gauhati High Court.

Khan alleged that it was due to lapses on the part of a State government official that Molla, who hails from a poor family, was declared an illegal migrant, and that it was for the State government to facilitate his appeal in the Supreme Court for negating the High Court verdict.

Padma Hazarika (AGP) questioned the rationale behind the AIUDF asking the State government to take up the cause of a �legally declared� foreign national.

Speaker Pranab Gogoi asked the State government to seek legal opinion on the matter.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain in his reply, said the State government would seek legal opinion and do the needful after Molla placed his case in the Supreme Court. He added that government directives were already in place for preventing harassment of genuine Indian citizens.

Hussain�s reply failed to pacify the agitated AIUDF members, especially Sherman Ali Ahmed, who continued with his demand for the State government�s active involvement in Molla�s case, resulting in his expulsion from the Assembly for the day.