Members of Assam Tribunal communalized Covid19

7 April 2020: A letter addressed to state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on contributory donations by some members of Foreigners’ Tribunals to the Assam Arogya Nidhi to – for COVID-19 treatment – allegedly said that “their help may not be extended to members of violators Tablighi Jamaat”. An alleged ‘statement’ in the letter calls out the members of the Tablighi Jamaat as ‘Jahil’ and ‘Jihadi’. The ‘letter’, which was circulating on social media platforms especially WhatsApp, has sent social activists and rights’ bodies into a tizzy because of its ‘communal intent’ and ‘incendiary’ language. The letter proves, they argue, the kind of communal mindset people have to encounter when they are forced to prove their citizenship in front of these Foreigners’ Tribunals. The letter is dated April 7, and the letterhead says ‘Government of Assam, Office of the Member Foreigners’ Tribunal, Baksa district at Tamulpur’. The names of 12 FT members, along with their donation amounts, are mentioned. He later apologized for making such a communal request by asking the officials not to spend the money on the Tablighi Jamaat attendees. In his clarification, the Tribunal member stated, “I never wanted to disturb the social and communal harmony of the State and the country. During my dispensation of work, as per recent records available with me, 9 proceedees belonging to Hindu were declared Not Forigners and 23 proceedees belonging to Muslim were declared as Not Foreigners. So I have never done anything on communal basis.” He further said, “I beg apology from the concerned effected persons and assure all of not doing anything from communal angle. I also beg pardon from my colleague. Members, Attached Members and Staffs who felt embarrassed due to the above draft letter. I did not show to the Members any draft and did not take their consent.”

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Date of incident: April 07, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Hate Speech / Slander
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  • Name of the victim : Muslim Community
    Name of Perpetrator Kamalesh Kumar Gupta
    State Assam
    District/City Baksa
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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