| AASU activists at the news conference in Guwahati on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Aug. 22: The All Assam Students’ Union today said chief minister Tarun Gogoi is solely responsible for the border clash in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district and demanded measures for immediate rehabilitation of the affected people.
Talking to the media, AASU leaders said timely steps by Gogoi, who is also in charge of the home department and had prior information about the clash, could have stopped the clash. They alleged that Gogoi was misleading people and trying to shield his failure by hiding the fact that the neutral force deployed in the border is under the command of the additional director-general of Assam police (border).
“Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is the chief person responsible for the clash. He could have prevented the incident had he taken timely steps. The home department had all the information about the incident,” said AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya.
The union demanded replacement of the neutral force by Assam police battalion on the Assam-Nagaland border alleging that the role played by the neutral force was anything but neutral. They alleged that the neutral force worked in favour of the Nagas.
“Now the most important task is to send back the affected families to their houses with proper security and providing them houses,” said Bhattacharjya.
The AASU will organise a state-wide hunger strike tomorrow from 6am to 6pm in every district headquarters demanding the Centre to send a team to take stock of the situation, rehabilitate the affected families, remove the CRPF unit which allegedly failed in discharging its duty properly, enforce vigil by Assam police battalion on the border, shift important officers of the administration to the border and punish the culprits.
“The infrastructure of the border areas should be developed immediately. All important offices, schools and hospitals should be shifted to the border so that the area remains under the continuous focus of the administration,” said AASU general secretary Tapan Gogoi.
The AASU described chief minister Gogoi as a tyrant. They said the government failed to protect the border inhabitants from the attack of Nagas but showed ruthlessness in dealing with the protesters who had been blocking vehicles which were going to Nagaland.
The union requested the seven BJP MPs of the state to take an initiative to bring a central team to the affected area.
The AASU leaders said the people in the relief camps are living without the assistance of doctors and food for the children. “Besides, there is no official to look after the camps,” Bhattacharjya said.