Citizenship Bill: Sedition charges against Sahitya Akademi awardee Hiren Gohain, scribe Manjit Mahanta

Police suo motu registered a case at the Latasil police station here under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code -- including 124(A) that deals with charges of sedition.

Published: 10th January 2019 03:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2019 03:42 PM   |  A+A-

Police personnel look on as tyres are seen ablaze during a strike called by All Assam Students Union AASU and the North East Students Organisation (NESO) in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in Dibrugarh Tuesday Jan 8 2019. | PTI

By PTI

GUWAHATI: Sedition charges have been brought against Sahitya Akademi awardee Assamese litterateur Dr Hiren Gohain, senior journalist Manjit Mahanta and KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi in Assam on Thursday, police said, as protests continue in the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Police suo motu registered a case at the Latasil police station here under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code -- including 124(A) that deals with charges of sedition, 120 (B) dealing with criminal conspiracy, Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar told reporters here.

"A case has been registered against them. I am investigating what they spoke during a Nagarik Samaj meeting here on January 7," Kumar said.

The three are part of a civil society group -- 'Nagarik Samaj' -- which is protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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