Massive reactions across Assam after the Congress party on Wednesday used a minor girl during its protest in Lakhimpur against rising fuel prices. The minor girl, aged around 7-8 years, was made to sit on a dry betel-nut leaf (known as ‘dhokua’ in local parlance) which was then pulled by Congress workers during the protests that were carried out amid very hot and humid weather conditions.

Amid the furore, Lakhimpur Police have registered a suo-moto case against the Congress activists involved in the incident under the Juvenile Justice Act.

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Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia also reacted to the incident, claiming that police are pursuing the matter after registering the suo-moto case.

The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has also taken suo-moto cognizance of the incident, and has asked police to take immediate action against those involved in the incident under the Juvenile Justice Act.

Meanwhile, the Congress leadership apologised for the incident but termed it unintentional. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, incidentally, has also announced a probe into the incident.

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