Madani addresses the news conference in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos
May 4: The Mahmood A. Madani faction of the All-India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind today attributed the recent flare-up in the BTAD to the failure of Delhi and Dispur to check the violence after the “shameless” Kokrajhar riots in 2012, while Bodoland People’s Front candidate for Kokrajhar parliamentary seat Chandan Brahma today said his party would move court against those trying to malign its image.
“The recent BTAD killings are not a stray incident but part of discriminatory action against Muslims and some other communities. The killers are now roaming openly with arms. It reflects the failure of the governments. We demand the state government and the Centre to immediately seize all illegal arms from the BTAD,” Madani, the general secretary of the Jamiat, said, addressing reporters in Guwahati after meeting chief minister Tarun Gogoi and governor J.B. Patnaik.
The 2012 riots left over 100 dead and four lakh displaced.
The objective of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, launched in 1919, is, among others, securing and safeguarding the civil, religious, cultural and educational rights of Muslims.
Madani’s visit to the state reflects the impact of the unrest in the BTAD on the community outside the state.
Madani, who was today stopped from going to the affected areas because of security reasons, appealed to the affected people to “keep faith in the system” and not to retaliate in the “larger interest of the state”.
The AIUDF, whose president Badruddin Ajmal, leads the state faction of the Jamiat, today lodged a complaint with the Election Commission seeking appropriate action against Pramila Rani Brahma and Hagrama Mohilary for violating the model code of conduct.
AIUDF secretary Haidar Hussain Bora said they have drawn the attention of Mohilary’s May 2 statement that the BPF would get 4,06,1209 votes in Kokrajhar. He also cited specific numbers for certain constituencies such as Sidli, Bijni and Tamulpur. Kokrajhar went to polls on April 24.
The complaint against both the BPF leaders comes amid demands by the AIUDF and others for the arrest of Pramila Rani Brahma for inciting the fresh round of trouble in the BTAD and the dismissal of the BPF-administered BTC for failing to curb violence. Brahma has said she has been misinterpreted and has sought a CBI probe into the killings.
Chandan Brahma also appealed to political parties not to politicise the BTAD killings.
“Our party has been blamed for the incidents. This is baseless and without any truth or fact. We will seek legal recourse and see that we get justice or else the people will misunderstand us. Under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary, the BPF has always worked for peace, unity and equality of communities,” Brahma said, referring to state minister for border areas development Siddique Ahmed’s comment that the BPF was behind the killings.
He added that Ahmed’s comment will not affect the Congress-BPF alliance and that it was “only an individual observation”.
Condemning the massacre, he demanded strict punishment to those involved. “We appeal that the events should not be viewed from a communal viewpoint. The police and the local residents know that the NDFB (S) is responsible. The truth will surface once the probe report comes out,” Brahma said in Guwahati.
On the demand for Pramila Rani Brahma’s arrest, Chandan Brahma said she had made a statement that she had been misinterpreted and that the party stands by her.
On the demand for dissolution of the BPF-administered BTC, the minister said the council was formed for development of the area and not to maintain law and order. “So why are people making such a demand?” he asked.
Brahma also said it was a rumour that the people manning the Manas forest beat office were former members of the Bodo Liberation Tigers.
“Actually they are surrendered poachers who have been deployed as forest guards to protect the office,” he said. These personnel have been accused of being involved in the killings.
Rajya Sabha MP and BPF leader Biswajit Daimary said it is “sad” that the Election Commission allowed people from a banned outfit to contest the elections, referring to expelled Ulfa leader Hira Sarania’s candidature for the Kokrajhar seat.
A delegation of the Samajwadi Party’s state unit, led by its president H.R.A. Choudhury, in a memorandum to governor J.B. Patnaik, sought the arrest of Pramila Rani Brahma and other political leaders who had allegedly incited the violence. It also demanded the dismissal of the BTC, seizure of illegal arms and deployment of adequate security personnel in the affected areas, along with a CBI inquiry into the killings.
The Congress is also getting its minority leaders to Assam.
Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, the chairman of the minority department of the All-India Congress Committee, will visit Assam next week. Assam PCC minority department chairman Adil Shah said Sayed was scheduled to arrive tomorrow but the visit has now been put off till May 11-12.
Delegations from the Congress, AIUDF, AGP and the BJP are heading for the affected areas in Baksa and Kokrajhar districts to express their solidarity with the affected families.