On Tuesday, the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal addressed a programme in Guwahati wherein he lay the foundation of an Eri spun silk mill. Ahead of the event, the security personnel allegedly forced a three-year-old kid to remove a black jacket that he was wearing. In a video that went viral on social media, the toddler's mother is seen removing the jacket. As controversies surrounding the Citizenship Bill continue, several politicians and BJP leaders were shown black flags in the last few weeks, as a symbol of protest.
"There is a phobia among the police personnel against the colour black. They even forced a child to remove his black jacket exposing him to cold fearing the black garment may be a sign of protest," locals told NDTV. As per a report on India Today, many adults also removed their black attires before entering the programme as the security would allegedly bar them from entering the venue otherwise. Reportedly, at the Republic Day celebration on Saturday, carrying black garments was strictly prohibited.
"We have been asked to check if anyone carries any black clothes. They are not allowed to carry any black items inside the ground," the security staff earlier told PTI.
The video of the toddler removing his jacket in winter while the people around are all seen wearing warm clothes drew sharp criticism. The CM ordered Assam Director General of Police to probe further into the matter