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Summons in Ghoxa row

Protesters carry an effigy
of Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary for his comment on banning Kirtan Ghoxa aru Naam Ghoxa.
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Guwahati, June 26: The court of the additional chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (Metro), here today issued summons to Kokrajhar Lok Sabha MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary and Janaklal Basumatary, working president of World Bodo Historical Society, for their appearance in the court on July 31 over the Naam Ghoxa controversy.

The duo had called for a ban on Kirtan Ghoxa aru Naam Ghoxa.

The court, on consideration of all the materials, found there was a prima facie case under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, etc punishable with imprisonment for three years)/34 of the IPC and took cognisance of the offence against the accused duo.

The order was passed by additional chief judicial magistrate L.K. Saikia, acting on a criminal complaint case (no. 1482/2012). It was taken up by the court against the duo along with a petition filed by complainant Arun Pathak calling for the manuscripts of the news items and television footage of the offensive remarks made by the duo against certain verses in the Kirtan Ghoxa Aru Naam Ghoxa written by Sankardev and Madhabdev, 16th century Vaishnavite saints.

The manuscripts of the news items containing the offensive remarks made by the accused persons and also the unedited news items telecast on TV news channels were also called by the court and the editors asked to submit a report in respect of the manuscripts.

Arguing on behalf of the complainant, advocate B.D. Konwar, drew the attention of the court that the accused persons deliberately issued such remarks to create racial and religious ill will, enmity and disharmony between the Bodos and Mech community.

Moreover, they are not repentant of their action and have publicly refused to tender any apology for making such remarks.

The Society has asserted that it had no intention to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments or disrespect any religion. On June 22, its president Hiracharan Narzinary, said: “We reacted to protect our rights. The meaning of the two verses advocated preaching of the religion through atrocities and human rights violations and hence, we called for deletion of the two verses from the sacred book.” The criminal complaint case was filed by Pathak, a social worker, on June 22 against the duo’s June 19 call to ban Kirtan Ghoxa aru Naam Ghoxa.