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Council seeks President’s rule

Guwahati, May 13: The Religious Minority Council of BTC, an organisation working for the rights of the minorities in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), today demanded President’s rule in Assam because of alleged failure of the state government to protect life and property of its citizens.

“President’s rule should be imposed in Assam as law and order has completely broken down. The government has failed to protect its people for which more than 40 people lost their lives in the BTAD recently,” said the general secretary of the council, Rajaul Hoque Sarkar.

Altogether 46 people, including 22 children, were killed and two more children are still missing in the recent violence in the BTAD. Following demands from various sections, the state government has ordered an NIA probe.

The demand of the council has come a day after members of the National Commission for Minorities met chief minister Tarun Gogoi and appreciated the government’s efforts to bring back normality to the conflict-hit areas.

The council alleged that police have not arrested the accused even though the affected people had mentioned their names in the FIRs.

“This is happening as the state government is not willing to crack the whip,” said Sarkar.

The council demanded resignation of chief minister Tarun Gogoi and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary over the incident. “The main duty of a government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens. The state government and the BTAD administration have failed in both. We demand that chief minister Tarun Gogoi and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary should resign within 24 hours taking moral responsibility of the incident,” said Sarkar.

The organisation welcomed the state government’s decision of an NIA probe but demanded that the CBI should also be asked to investigate.

“Besides, we have been demanding to seize all illegal arms from the BTAD for years. Still the state government has not seized the illegal arms, which led to the recent killing,” said Sarkar.

The council also demanded Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to the family of those who lost their lives in the incident and Rs 5 lakh to the injured.

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