| Riot-affected people at a relief camp in Kokrajhar on Wednesday. Though the violence has subsided, most camp inmates are reluctant to go back home, fearing recurrence of the horror. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 1: Dispur will constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe “a few critical and important” cases connected with the recent riots in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). Another inquiry is also in the offing.
Dispur today transferred Kokrajhar superintendent of police Jitmal Doley to Darrang district. Doley will be replaced by Nagaon superintendent of police Sunil Kumar, who will be replaced by Darrang superintendent of police V.K. Singh.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, asked about the institution of an inquiry into the violence that has left 56 dead and over 4 lakh displaced, told reporters this afternoon, “There will be an inquiry. It is good that everybody is seeking an inquiry into what happened and who is responsible. Even the Prime Minister has said a high level inquiry will be set up. But as of now, our priority is to ensure proper relief and rehabilitation.” He, however, did not disclose the kind of inquiry he had in mind.
The sources said the SIT would be constituted by director-general of police J.N. Choudhury and would be headed by an officer of the rank of deputy inspector-general (DIG) or above. A section is demanding a CBI inquiry, but the feeling is that the police can crack the “open-and-shut” case. Hence the move to constitute the SIT, they added.
The overall mood is that irrespective of the kind of probe Dispur sets up, a section or two will always be unhappy and seek legal redressal. Dispur is mulling a judicial inquiry but is not announcing it because of this reason, the sources said.
Gogoi ruled out appointing anyone as home minister in his place. “I will stay the home minister. I am not going anywhere. If I have to step down, the next person will be of my choice,” he said, sending a strong message to his detractors.
He also ruled out his resignation, referring to the demand by BJP leader L.K. Advani and AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal. “It is surprising the AIUDF and the BJP become friends when they have to seek my resignation,” he said. He added that the Gujarat government had taken nearly four months to contain the Godhra riots when Advani was the deputy Prime Minister. “I contained it within four days,” he said.
Five additional companies of paramilitary and army were deployed in Sonitpur district today as a precautionary measure after human parts were recovered from Sopai river in Belsiri from where three petty traders who had gone to the area had been reported missing on July 23.
A joint meeting of the police, army and paramilitary forces were held at Tezpur under the chairmanship of Sonitpur deputy commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma today. A red alert was sounded in the district after violence broke out in some areas of the BTAD.
Manoj Kumar Sikeria, subdivisional deputy commissioner of Dhekiajuli, is probing the circumstances in which the three persons, Abdul Khalaque, 30, Mubarak Ali, 22, and Md Mujaharul, 18, had gone missing.
Sonitpur superintendent of police Apurba Jiban Baruah said the recovered human parts had been sent for forensic examination. It was yet to ascertained whether these belonged to the missing youths.