Sherman, in a clip that went viral on the media after the eviction at Dholpur in Darrang district, had justified the killing of eight supporters of anti-foreigners’ movement who, he said, went to the area with the intention of killing people in 1983. He called them ‘ghataks’ (assassins).
Following his remarks, state Congress on Friday showcaused Sherman. “As a lawmaker, your communally provocative comments in media gnawing at old wounds of the past incidents of Assam agitation, when people of Assam across communities had suffered, is totally insensitive and uncalled for,” read the showcause notice.
Assam PCC viewed his comments as “politically motivated” with intent to cause damage to the Congress party prior to the bye-elections. Assam PCC president Bhupen Borah on Saturday said, “We may extend the deadline to receive his reply to 15 days if he is sent to judicial custody. But we are ready to take strict action against him if we don’t get a suitable reply.”
“He (Sherman) has been picked up. Decision on arrest would be taken in due course,” special DG of Assam Police GP Singh said. The legislator was picked up from his residence on the state assembly campus here.
Sherman was taken to the Panbazar police station here for interrogation.
Sherman said the martyrs, recognized by the state government, were killed when they went to the Dholpur area to kill others. “If we declare those, who went to kill people, as martyrs, it is legalizing an inhumane act,” Sherman had said, pointing to the youths killed in the Dholpur area in 1983.
Two people from the minority community were killed in police action during an eviction drive on September 23 in Dholpur where Assam government has started a farming project.
Sherman had triggered another controversy last year by demanding a ‘Miya museum’ at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati to showcase the ‘culture of the Miyas’ of Bengal-origin living in the riverine areas of Assam.