Its been two months, Barshashree Buragohain, a 19-year-old girl from Assam’s Azarguri in Teok constituency under Jorhat district, has been in jail. Her crime? She wrote a poem in support of the banned insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (I) (ULFA-I).
Now, her parents are pleading and requesting the government to release Barshashree so that she could at least appear for her exams.
An undergraduate student majoring in mathematics from DCB College, Buragohain was arrested from her friend’s home on May 17 and was charged under Section 13 in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act – UAPA 10a4/13B2.
What is interesting to note here is that while Barshashree has been thrown into the prison for just writing a poem with revolutionary overtones and in support of the banned insurgent group, no action was taken (except issuing the show cause notice) against Assam Minister Sanjay Kishan who had publicly said sorry to Paresh Baruah, the chief of the banned outfit after calling the later a liar.
Meanwhile, Assam Special DGP, GP Singh has tweeted today saying, “There’s a specific call to indulge in Waging war against the State in her Facebook post – “আকৌ কৰিম ৰাষ্ট্ৰদ্ৰোহ”
When someone publicly professes support for a banned organisation and declares intent of waging war against the Indian state, we are legally bound to prosecute that person. Following due process, charge sheet shall be filed in competent court of law. Let the law take its own.”