The night-long drama at Assam's Silchar airport ended on Friday morning as six of the eight-member Trinamool Congress delegation decided to fly back to Kolkata. The Trinamool leaders were detained at the airport on Thursday in Silchar where they wanted to gauge the on-ground situation in the wake of National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Two others - MPs Mamatabala Thakur and Arpita Ghosh - would leave the state later in the day, Cachar district Deputy Commissioner S Lakshmanan told PTI.
"We are going back. The police have not allowed us to go out. We requested them several times but they refused. We spent the night in three rooms at the airport," Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, who was among those detained, said.
Besides Roy, MPs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag and Nadimul Haque, West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim and MLA Mohua Maitra were in the delegation.
77 passengers in the same aircraft were allowed to move out. Only 6 of us were not allowed. We had to cancel our public meeting. We just wanted to have on-the-spot study of the situation: SS Roy, TMC on TMC delegation detained at Silchar airport yesterday #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/5F49RPLD47— ANI (@ANI) August 3, 2018
TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had sent a delegation to assess the situation in Assam post-NRC.
Reacting to detention of her party lawmakers, Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of imposing "super emergency" in the country.
(With inputs from PTI)