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Tension blame on July riots

- Conflict in Dhubri is not endemic, says Cong leader

Dhubri, Nov. 12: The tension prevailing in Dhubri is not endemic to the district but a spillover of the July violence in adjoining Bodoland Territorial Areas District.

The newly appointed president of Dhubri district Congress committee, Sushil Kumar Roy, said this here today, adding that while AIUDF was keeping the tension alive in the district and BJP in Dhubri town, the Congress was committed to restoring harmony among all sections of people and would not allow the tension to continue.

Roy, who was appointed the DCC president last week after the sudden demise of former president Arobinda Kumar Saha, said the party would make efforts to defuse the tension soon.

“The situation in the district is much better now but we will have to approach all sections of people, as they are feeling insecure after the recent incidents in lower Assam, with a message to maintain peace and amity in the society. That is the only way to restore their confidence,” Roy said.

He said he was hopeful that all those taking shelter in relief camps in the district would be rehabilitated soon and the schools would be able to resume normal academic activities from this month.

Replying to a question regarding the considerable erosion of Congress base in the district, Roy said the party’s base had not been eroded, as evident from the increase in the number of votes received by the party in the 2011 Assembly election. He said the Congress would do even better in the panchayat election in January next year. On the 110-day curfew in Dhubri town, Roy said he would discuss the situation with the district administration and police and take steps to restore normality in the town.