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AAMSU threat on riot apathy

Bongaigaon, Aug. 8: The All Assam Minority Students’ Union has threatened to stage a fast-unto-death after August 15 if Dispur does not pay compensation to the families of six persons who went missing during the Kokrajhar riots of 2012. The missing persons hail from Chirang and Bongaigaon districts.

The union said the five families “who had lost their breadwinners in the riots should get compensation if the widows of slain police officers were liable to get jobs and relief from the government”.

The six who had gone missing during the clashes are Amjad Ali, 40, and his son Nur Alam, 13 (from Panbari, Chirang), Nurjamal Mondol, 28, (Amguri, Chirang), Alauddin Sekh, 40, (Bongaigaon), Abu Samad, 41, (Bongaigaon) and Sukur Ali, 42,(Chirang).

Nurjamal’s three-year-old daughter Hafuza Mondol had lost her mother soon after her birth and relatives have been taking care of her after her father, a small trader, went missing on August 25, 2012.

The five others had gone missing on July 22, 2012.

AAMSU general secretary Rezaul Karim Sarkar said of the 98 families (from the minority community) who had lost their relatives during the riots, 93 have been paid Rs 8 lakh each as compensation after their bodies were found.

Abu Samad’s wife, Rabia Begum, who has five minors, said, “The government should understand my plight and support me as a human being.”

The family members also displayed placards requesting Dispur for justice.

Sarkar said, “If the government does not pay compensation to these five families and rehabilitate the 2,500 victims of the BTAD clashes during the current Assembly session, we would stage a fast-unto-death after August 15.”

On former health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement during the Assembly session on the BTAD violence yesterday, Sarkar said, “During the BTAD clashes the minister had neither paid a visit to the Bodo belt nor raised his voice against the violence. So the statement of the minister is nothing but ‘narrow politics’ for self-gain.”

According to the union, 114 people died in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts during the BTAD clashes in 2012 while eight persons died in Kokrajhar and 51 in Baksa district during clashes this year.

The Tarun Gogoi government had yesterday decided to formulate a recruitment policy for the kin of government servants who die in extremist violence.

Welcoming the move, members of the Forum For Terrorist Victims Family, Assam, in a meeting in Guwahati today said in the coming days the government should make it compulsory to give jobs to at least one family member of people killed by militants or provide monetary compensation to the victims’ families.