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Review BPF ties: Dutta

Anjan Dutta

Sivasagar, May 12: Senior Congress MLA Anjan Dutta today urged the Congress leadership to review its ties with coalition partner BPF, which has been accused of being involved in the BTAD killings.

Expressing discontent over the recent violence, Dutta, claiming to speak on behalf of 27 MLAs, said fingers have been pointed at the BPF under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary. The Congress has 79 MLAs and the BPF 12 in the state Assembly.

“Almost 50 people have died in the recent spate of violence and it is unfortunate that a section of the state Congress leadership has started to blame chief minister Tarun Gogoi for the violence,” he said. Officially, 43 people have died in the violence till now.

Congress minister Siddique Ahmed and former MLA Abdul Khaleque were the first to ask for snapping of ties with the BPF based on feedback from the violence-affected in the BTAD. But it is the first time that so many MLAs have together called for the same.

Dutta demanded that the findings of the CBI inquiry that was instituted to inquire into the July 2012 killings in BTAD be brought to light. “The chief minister should pressure the CBI to bring out the inquiry report and the guilty should also be brought to book,” he said.

Welcoming the NIA inquiry into the recent killings, Dutta also demanded a CBI probe so that the alleged involvement of politicians get established. “It’s time to review the alleged role of the BPF in the violence and ascertain whether it has any relation to the upcoming BTAD elections in December this year,” he said.

Dutta came down heavily on senior BPF leader and former agricultural minister Pramila Rani Brahma, who had made a statement that the Muslim population of the BTAD had not voted for BPF candidate Chandan Brahma in the Lok Sabha election. “It should also be assessed if the statement she made led to the clashes,” he said.

Dutta referred to the Bhumidhar Barman report, which called for an amendment to the BTAD Act. He also demanded that along with seizure of illegal arms, all licensed arms in the BTAD should also be seized till peace returns. “The police should furnish records of the seized arms on a weekly basis,” he said. Referring to DGP Khagen Sarma’s statement about involvement of the NDFB (Songbijit faction) in the violence, Dutta requested the police department to furnish details, if any, about the outfit receiving funds from politicians.

Backing the chief minister as a simple and straightforward person, Dutta said “Being the chief minister, a section of the people has blamed him for the violence. Being a simple person, the police seem to be misleading him,” he said.

He also suggested that a strong committee of the Congress should be formed to look into the violence.

MLAs Debabrata Saikia of Nazira and Sushanta Borgohain of Thowra were also present at the news conference, which was held in a hotel here.


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