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Probe blames govt, NGO for chaos

Jorhat, June 4: The magisterial inquiry into Sunday’s violence in Jorhat has blamed the directorate of employment and craftsmen training under the Assam government and IMS Learning Resources Private Limited, an NGO, for lapses on their part in organising the pre-recruitment training rally for jobs in army and paramilitary forces.

The probe ordered by the district administration on Sunday, to be completed within 10 days, was conducted by additional deputy commissioner Dwijen Singh. He completed the inquiry and submitted the report to deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant yesterday.

Vasant told The Telegraph today that he had sent the report to chief secretary J. Khosla and other departments concerned for necessary action.

On Monday, 19 youths were remanded in judicial custody on charges of causing violence and damaging public property after they were arrested on Sunday.

Police had to lathicharge and fire rubber bullets (as claimed by them) at Baruah Sariali and the adjoining road where the Jorhat stadium is located to quell hundreds of youths who went berserk and damaged public property, vehicles and blocked AT Road.

Jintu Saikia, 21, a youth from Pulibor on the outskirts of Jorhat, received a bullet injury in his stomach.

He is undergoing treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

Trouble started when the youths came to the stadium at 5am presuming that a recruitment rally for soldiers in the army was going to be organised by the army. They got upset after coming to know that an NGO would conduct just a training programme for youths who are interested to participate in recruitment rallies of defence forces.

Advertisements in some newspapers on May 24 said a “pre-recruitment training rally” would be organised by the directorate at Jorhat stadium for the posts of soldiers/sepoys (general duty) of army and paramilitary forces on June 1 and 2 for youths of Jorhat, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Karbi Anglong and Dhemaji districts.

Official sources told The Telegraph that the inquiry report has blamed both the directorate and the NGO for lack of “coordination and mismanagement” in arranging the event at the stadium.

The report said neither the directorate nor the NGO obtained permission from the district administration to organise the training rally for the youths interested in appearing in recruitment rallies in defence forces.

It said the NGO had only applied for permission from the district administration which was under process as security clearances from police and consent from district sports officer to know whether the venue was vacant on those dates, were not obtained.

The report also pointed out that the advertisements were “misleading” as the proposed rally was a pre-recruitment training rally and matters like service benefits and payscales of armed forces were mentioned. It misled the youths who hailed from very poor families and passed only matriculate and under-matriculate exams.

“The youths, numbering about 3,000, probably could not differentiate between a pre-recruitment training rally and a recruitment rally of armed forces,” the report said.

It added that there was no mention of the NGO in the advertisements.


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