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Congress, AGP spar over law & order

Guwahati, Nov. 15: Dispur and the Opposition today sparred over the prevailing law and order situation in the state with chief minister Tarun Gogoi claiming everything was under control and the AGP insisting that the situation had gone for a toss.

There has been a rerun of violence in Kokrajhar district that had left six persons dead since Saturday and a tea planter was killed in Sonitpur district on Tuesday. In all, over 105 persons have died in the BTAD since July.

Talking to reporters after a press conference on the Asean-India Car Rally 2012, Gogoi said: “It (law and order) has neither failed or collapsed. Just because a student gets 30 marks in a couple of subjects, he has not failed. Right now my priority is to contain the unrest.”

Gogoi who is also the state’s home minister, said the government was examining reports about the alleged involvement of some political leaders in the fresh incidents of violence in the BTAD. “However big he might be, if (someone is) found involved in either provoking or stoking violence (he) will not be spared,” he said.

In response to a query about the reported involvement of the AIUDF in stoking violence, Gogoi said: “I can neither confirm nor deny the AIUDF’s involvement but I have asked my officials to look into the reports.”

Gogoi was taking these questions after a press conference on Assam’s preparations for the Asean-India Car Rally, 2012. His press secretary, Abdul Khaleque, had requested reporters not to ask anything about the BTAD or politics.

Soon after Gogoi’s assertions, the AGP announced plans to burn the chief minister’s effigy across the state tomorrow to protest against the ongoing killings of innocent people and fresh violence in Bodoland Territorial Areas District.

In Guwahati, Gogoi’s effigy will be burnt in front of the AGP headquarters at Ambari.

“The recent killing of a tea planter and entrepreneur Adilur Rahman will again send negative signals about the situation in Assam to prospective investors. The ruling Congress government is not at all serious about effectively tackling the law and order situation. The chief minister has acquired a unique art of making shallow comments when anyone pinpoints the deteriorating law and order situation,” Ramendra Narayan Kalita, one of the general secretaries of AGP, told reporters here today.

Kalita said the ruling government must stop playing politics of bloodshed and ensure the safety of lives and property of common people. He dared the chief minister to launch a crackdown if there was any third force behind the ongoing violence in the state.

The AGP also alleged that one of Tarun Gogoi’s ministerial colleagues used to give money to different rebel groups. He asked the chief minister to take action against this minister and set an example that his government was not compromising with any element.

Kalita refused to comment on the recent statement of AIUDF chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal that the violence in BTAD was the creation of the BJP. He said the historic Assam Accord would always remain relevant and its implementation is the only solution to the vexed foreigners issue.