Dhubri, Sept. 3: A special programme is being organised from September 6 involving Dhubri-based political leaders and Bodo leaders in a bid to instil confidence amongst Bodo and Muslim people about returning home as well as trusting each other.
Parliamentary secretary in-charge of home and power, Bhupen Kumar Borah, who has been camping in the riot-hit districts for quite sometime now with parliamentary secretary Rana Goswami, said they had done extensive groundwork to restore normality and create a sense of security in both communities.
Borah told The Telegraph that their priority was to restore peace and expedite the process of rehabilitation, and in a move to do so, leaders of all parties from Dhubri district would visit camps in BTAD while Bodo leaders would be visiting the Dhubri relief camps to spread the message of peace from September 6.
Borah, while expressing satisfaction over the outcome of their campaign, said peace was returning to BTAD and as security forces had been deployed in all vulnerable areas, there was no need to fear attacks. “However, we believe in building mutual trust among two communities and not force the process of rehabilitation on the displaced from both sides. This is why we have been constantly visiting camps in the troubled districts since the past six days and trying to convince the camp inmates to return to their villages without fear.”
He said forms for collecting data on land records had already been distributed among the inmates by land and revenue department of Kokrajhar district and added that the process would be completed soon.
All India Congress Sevadal chief Mahendra Joshi, who, too, has been campaigning in the riot-hit districts as an emissary of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, expressed satisfaction over the peace process and measures taken for rehabilitation of the displaced.
Joshi, while addressing camp inmates in Dhubri district, said Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh had sent him at the instance of Sonia to check their condition in the camps and report back about relief distribution and steps being taken to rebuild confidence and to rehabilitate the displaced.
“I have visited 42 camps in the past nine days and found the distribution of relief materials to my satisfaction. The next main thing I tried to focus on was instilling confidence among the displaced so that they could move to their villages without an iota of fear in mind,” Joshi told The Telegraph today.
He added that he had documented the condition in the camps and the views and opinions of the inmates and this would figure in the discussion back in Delhi.
Gauhati High Court today called for the case diary while hearing the bail petition moved by Bodo Peoples Front legislator Pradip Kumar Brahma. The court asked the police to submit the case diary within September 6 when it would again hear Brahma’s bail petition.
Brahma was arrested on August 23 on charges of inciting mobs to burn down houses in Kokrajhar district during the recent violence. The case (number 27/2012) against Brahma was registered at Dotoma police station in Kokrajhar district.