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BTC scrutiny by Oct. 20

Guwahati, Oct. 10: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) will complete scrutiny of land documents of those displaced in the recent ethnic riots by October 20 to pave the way for their rehabilitation.

This was decided at a meeting between the group of ministers (GoM) formed by the state government and the BTC leadership at Dispur today.

Chairman of the GoM and revenue minister Prithibi Majhi, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and deputy chief of BTC, Kampa Borgoyari, were present at the meeting.

An official source said around 19,600 families, who are currently sheltered at relief camps, have land ownership documents. The state government has prepared a form, which will have to be filled up by those who do not have land documents and they will be considered eligible for rehabilitation only after scrutiny of the form, the source added.

“The BTC leaders will examine the form and only then will it be distributed among the inmates of the relief camps from October 13,” the source said.

The government will scrutinise the filled up forms to ensure that the claimant of rehabilitation is a genuine Indian citizen.

In another development, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) today sought “unconditional” rehabilitation for all those who were displaced during the ethnic clashes in BTAD and Dhubri district.

AIUDF president and Dhubri MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal said all the riot victims should be rehabilitated without any condition.

The party adopted a resolution in its executive meeting here today stating that land ownership documents should not be made mandatory for rehabilitation of riot victims.

Ajmal stressed on “unconditional” rehabilitation on “humanitarian grounds”.

He also said that no riot victim should be harassed or denied rehabilitation for not having land document. An AIUDF delegation will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi shortly to place their demands before him.

At the executive meeting, which was held at Manisha Bibah Bhawan, Ajmal was also re-elected as the party president while former MLA Aditya Langthasa was elected working president of the party.

The party also adopted a resolution asking the state government to take all necessary arrangements to ensure proper functioning of makeshift schools and colleges in the BTAD and Dhubri districts so that students don’t lose out on their studies.

The AIUDF meeting also condemned “a section of forces” for trying to portray Ajmal and its MLAs as supporters of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The demanded the total implementation of the Assam Accord and sealing of the international border with Bangladesh. On October 6, Ajmal had written to chief minister Tarun Gogoi highlighting the plight of children in relief camps.

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