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Tribal group smells conspiracy

Guwahati, July 24: The All Assam Tribal Sangha today alleged there was a political conspiracy behind the violence in the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) areas. It demanded adequate steps to restore normalcy while the Opposition AIUDF demanded seizure of all arms from the disturbed areas.

A senior leader of the sangha, Ranoj Pegu, said going by the sequence of events that had led to violence in Kokrajhar, Chirang and now Dhubri districts, they had strong reasons to believe that a political conspiracy had been hatched to destablise the state.

“We do not want to disclose now who is behind the conspiracy. But some elements are trying hard to create a situation of restlessness and lawlessness in the state. Such a political game is dangerous and could disintegrate the greater Assamese society. Unfortunately, the government is not doing anything to unravel the game,” Pegu, who is also the president of Mising Mimag Kebang, said.

He said according to a preliminary estimate, nearly 50,000 people had been rendered homeless because of the violence.

The sangha also questioned the role of All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union in maintaining peace and tranquility in the BTC area. “At a time when violence was spreading, the students’ union called a bandh, crippling life in all the four BTAD districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri. The bandh could have been avoided,” Aditya Khakhlari, general secretary of AATS said.

Pegu said since law and order was purely a state government subject, the Tarun Gogoi government should have responded immediately and taken adequate security measures once violence erupted in the BTC areas. He said despite being sensitive areas, there weren’t adequate security personnel in Kokrajhar and Chirang before violence erupted.

AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal today went to Kokrajhar district to take stock of the situation. He was accompanied by a team of AIUDF legislators.

Before leaving for Kokrajhar, Ajmal told reporters here that the police should seize all arms, legal and illegal, from the BTC areas to check violence and quickly deploy adequate army personnel in the violence-hit areas. “The government must also work out an effective package to rehabilitate those hit by violence and lodged in relief camps, especially the minorities,” he added.


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