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Saturday , October 13 , 2012
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Gandhians on peace tour

Kokrajhar, Oct. 12: Sarva Seva Sangha, a Gandhian group, has called for an immediate seizure of illegal arms, detection of illegal migrants and a humanitarian solution to the influx issue.

The group demanded the sealing of the Indo-Bangla border, guarding of the waterways, update of the NRC and implementation of the Assam Accord.

Briefing reporters at Kokrajhar Press Club today, Chandan Pal, the secretary of the group, expressed concern over the recent violence in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts. “The loss of life and property is a matter of concern for all,” he said.

Pal said the sense of insecurity could be dispelled only by mutual trust.

The team said fundamentalists were trying to make an entry into the area. “There cannot be lasting peace until illegal arms and ammunition were seized,” Pal said.

The 56-member Gandhian team from Sarva Seva Sangh, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Shanti Sadhana Ashram, Kasturba National Memorial Trust, Asha Darsan, Rashtriya Yuva Sangathan and other groups from 11 states are currently visiting various riot-affected places and meeting people from different communities to promote peace and brotherhood.

The team is working through three peace centres at Kokrajhar, Gossaigaon and Bijni with a batch of shantiyatri (peace workers).

Most of the affected people whom the Gandhian group could meet in relief camps during this time said they want peace.

“They want to forget and forgive whatever happened and live peacefully,” he said, adding that it was encouraging to find that a few groups are working for peace, amity and brotherhood.

He has appealed to all sections of society to work to restore peace and normality.

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