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AIUDF to move JB over riot-hit

- Ajmal slams govt; tribal groups to hold protest

Guwahati, Nov. 23: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) today said it would move Assam governor J.B. Patnaik to work out a solution for effective rehabilitation of the July riot-victims in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD).

Party chief Badruddin Ajmal told reporters here that the ruling Congress government in Dispur and Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) have not done anything, especially to rehabilitate the victims who belonged to a particular minority community in the BTAD.

“Majority of the victims have not gone back home and they are staying in groups for their own safety in different places of Kokrajhar district. The government has stopped supply of food and other relief materials to the riot victims. With the onset of winter, these people require warm clothes. At present, the riot victims belonging to the minority communities are living in sub-human conditions,” he said.

Ajmal said his party would take up the matter with the governor since he has shown a great deal of sincerity for effective rehabilitation of riot victims.

The AIUDF chief said there were enough examples in the BTAD where people (belonging to minority groups) were kept out of the rehabilitation process in spite of possessing valid legal land documents.

“The AIUDF is extending all possible help to bring lasting peace in the BTAD. For the sake of greater interest of the people of Assam and respecting the Assam Accord, we want that all riot victims who have their names on the 1971 voter list to be rehabilitated. No one should play politics with the victims of violence,” he said.

Ajmal also backed the governor’s instruction to Assam police chief Jayanta Narayan Choudhury for conducting house-to-house search to recover illegal arms and take strict action against offenders under the provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act.

“Until and unless the illegal arms are seized in the BTAD, the miscreants would continue to create trouble for the sake of their interest. Even though the AIUDF has been demanding that such arms should be seized as soonas the violence broke out in the BTAD in July, the government has failed to act on it for reasons best known to chief minister Tarun Gogoi,” Ajmal said.