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Pursue case against MP

Shillong, Jan. 23: The East Garo Hills district administration today said it would pursue the case filed against a BJP MP from Assam for her alleged inflammatory speech during the Garo-Rabha clash, while a purported peace council blamed certain groups and the Meghalaya government for the recent ethnic conflict.

On January 6, a police sub-inspector had filed an FIR against Bijoya Chakraborty, the BJP MP from Guwahati, for her alleged “derogatory” speech at Mendipathar Government College relief camp.

Her speech was alleged to have incited communal passion and violence and she had also accused the Meghalaya government of attempting to snatch the land of the Rabhas.

The Meghalaya unit of the BJP had on Friday lambasted the state government for filing the FIR against Chakraborty.

“The investigation officer is taking up the case and a chargesheet will be filed as soon as the investigations are completed,” East Garo Hills district magistrate Pravin Bakshi said. “There was no question of withdrawing the case filed against the MP,” he added.

In his status report, Bakshi termed Chakraborty’s visit on January 5 to Mendipathar as “unannounced” and “in defiance of curfew orders”. He said the MP allegedly incited communal passions at the camp. He also pointed out that following Chakraborty’s “inflammatory” speech, there was mass exodus of people from the two Rabha camps at Mendipathar Government College and Mendipathar Lower Primary School.

“The Mendipathar Lower Primary School camp became empty while the inmates whittled down to 347 from above 3,000 at the Mendipathar Government College camp,” he stated in his report.

The report said a case was registered at Mendipathar Police Station (16 (01) 11 u/s 153/153 (A) (1) IPC) and the circle inspector of Resubelpara, J.K. Sinha, was instructed to investigate it.

A section of the media today reported that a Garo-Rabha peace council, in its memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had blamed the Meghalaya government and some “terrorist” groups for the ethnic clashes.

Bakshi said such a council did not exist in his district.

“There could be some groups from elsewhere who could have sent the memorandum. But no such peace council exists in East Garo Hills,” he added.

Yesterday chief minister, Mukul Sangma, visited some of the relief camps in East Garo Hills and urged the people to return to their villages. He said he would take up the ethnic clash issue with the Centre during the meet on internal security.

In view of the Census Operation 2011, which will begin from February 9, the state government is eager to ensure that all the villagers return to their homes from the relief camps.

Till yesterday, about 2,274 displaced people were said to occupy the seven relief camps in East Garo Hills.

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