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‘Editor’s remarks’ on FB trigger outrage,bandh in Assam

The “derogatory remarks” allegedly made by the editor of a local news channel against a community sparked outrage.

The “derogatory remarks” allegedly made by the editor of a local news channel against a community sparked outrage and a bandh that shut several districts of upper Assam on Thursday.

The 12-hour bandh,called by Tai-Ahom Yuva Parishad and supported by several other organisations representing the community,paralysed Dibrugarh,Tinsukia,Jorhat,Sivasagar,Dhemaji,Golaghat and Lakhimpur districts,shutting down schools,colleges,offices and shops and keeping traffic off the roads. There were a few stray cases of stone-pelting but the bandh passed off relatively peacefully.

The “derogatory remarks” were allegedly made by Atanu Bhuyan,editor-in-chief of Guwahati-based NewsLive,on his Facebook page some days ago.

Bhuyan,however,denied making such remarks,claiming that the Facebook page where the remarks appeared was a fake account created by some miscreants to defame him. Bhuyan said he had filed a case with the police,and hoped the “actual culprits” behind this fake Facebook account would be soon brought to book.

Bhuyan’s denial,however,did not cut ice with the Ahom organisations,some of which called and supported the bandh while some demanded his arrest,some his resignation and others a public apology.