Hundreds of KMSS activists, led by Akhil Gogoi, took out a protest march in the city against the minister and other chit fund companies still operating in the state. “KMSS is in possession of a copy of the letter sent by Sudipta Sen to CBI. The letter had directly cited the role played by Sarma in Saradha affairs,” alleged Akhil.
Though Sarma has categorically denied the allegation of cheating leveled by Saradha Group CMD Sudipta Sen in his letter to CBI, KMSS activists were unrelenting in their demand for removal of the minister. “The chief minister should suspend and arrest the health minister immediately as his name has also surfaced in the chit fund scam. Along with all other organizations and persons named in the letter by Sen, Sarma should be investigated by CBI,” said KMSS joint secretary Bedanta Laskar.
About 100 agents and former employees of different chit fund companies also joined the KMSS protest march, saying they themselves were duped by “big financial promises” from these companies. “We no longer want the chit fund companies to dupe the people of Assam. That is why we resolved to stop serving these companies and join the protest. Our appeal is that the common people should not allow themselves to be duped by these companies,” said a former agent of a chit fund company.
KMSS has asked the state government to stop operation of chit fund companies and return deposits to the investors soon.
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has also asked the state government not to spare any person mentioned in Sen’s letter from the CBI inquiry even if the person is an “influential politician.” “The government has announced a CBI inquiry. But we are demanding that the government should expedite the process of engaging CBI in the investigation,” said AIUDF general secretary Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Quasimi.
AGP, too, alleged that the operation of chit fund companies and allowing them to dupe the people of Assam has raised a question mark on the role of the government. “We are really unhappy over the role of government at a time when so many chit fund companies are running their business in the state. The government should compel these companies to return the money to investors immediately,” alleged AGP leader and former minister Kamala Kalita.