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BJP leader threatens Assamese students for protesting against

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Pradip Friday courted controversy by threatening Assamese speaking students in Bengali dominated that their admission in the University at would be barred if they protest against the citizehsip bill.

Students union of another university in Guwahati filed an FIR against for his provocative statement.

Dutta, a of the saffron party known for making controversial statements, issued the threat after a section of students of the University raised their voice against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

"I warn the Assamese (speaking) students of the university that you study only and don't indulge in politics. Think about the future. We then will be forced to bar admission of Assamese students in the university," was heard saying in local channels.

"I am writing to the of the university asking him what step he is taking against the students for opposing the bill", Dutta said in Bengali.

The Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, and entered before December 31, 2014.

(CUSU) in Guwahati filed a complaint in station here against Dutta for making the communally provocative statement threatening Assamese students in University.

The CUSU said in the complaint Assamese students in that University were suffering from insecurity following Dutta's threat and, demanded appropriate action against him.

Reacting to the Dutta's statement, AASU General Secretary said, "Such threats are attempts to take away the rights of Assam's students in a democratic country to study in any part of the state. It will not be tolerated".

"Because of such divisive statements to polarise the society, five people had lost their lives in Assam recently," Gogoi told reporters.

He was referring to the gunning down of five Bengali speaking men in district by suspected ULFA-Independent militants on November 1 last year.

Gogoi said, "It is surprising and reprehensible that the government has failed to take any action against Dutta. If there are any reaction to Dutta's threats, the government will be held responsible."

Several organisations, including the Students Federation of (SFI), the students' wing of the CPI(M), have condemned Dutta's threat.

A section of students of the University on Thursday came out in support of the Bill, while another had taken out a candlelight vigil on Wednesday to protest against it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:05 IST
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