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Assam writer charged with sedition for questioning ‘martyr’ after CRPF Jawan killed in Naxal attack, detained

An Assamese writer was on Tuesday picked up from her residence by police on several charges including sedition following a Facebook post from her account allegedly against armed forces.

The accused, 48-year-old Sikha Sarma, has been alleged of disrespecting the sacrifices of the CRPF jawans who were killed in the Naxal attack in Chattisgarh last Saturday.

Sarma had allegedly put up a Facebook post in Assamese that translates to, “A salaried man who dies on duty cannot be called a martyr. If that were the case, then an electrician who got electrocuted should also be called a martyr. Do not make people sentimental, media.”

While she had received major backlash in the social media platform, two lawyers, Urmi Deka Baruah and Kongkona Goswami, lodged an FIR at the Dispur police station in Guwahati seeking “strict action” against Sarma for making the ‘distasteful remark’ against the army fraternity.

She was labelled with several charges including IPC 124 (A) of sedition.

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