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Thursday , February 21 , 2013
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Probe into rural poll violence
- Over 10000 displaced

Dhubri, Feb. 20: Goalpara deputy commissioner Pritam Saikia ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing and violence in Goalpara district during the rural polls, which left 21 dead and displaced over 10,000 people.

The inquiry by three magistrates — Manjit Borkakati, Abulice Choudhury and Debasish Baishya — would cover all the incidents of firing, group clashes and arson and reports would have to be submitted on or before February 25. Over 10,000 people, now living in 20 camps across the district, were displaced in the violence during panchayat polls on February 12 in Goalpara district.

Their houses were torched on the polling day and following night by unidentified groups and they have been taking shelters in schools and official buildings in Goalpara district.

Official sources in Goalpara said there were altogether 10,381 inmates in the 20 camps under Goalpara, Mornoi and Krishnai police station of the district. There was no camp in Kamrup district.

People of Govindapur, Mamakata, Goraimar and Rakhasani currently taking shelter in Maijonga, Goaraimari, Rongagora and Mamakata Lower Primary Schools, while alleging supply of insufficient relief materials, demanded setting up of police pickets in their respective villages.

Bikramjit Sarkar, a social worker associated with Goalpara Ramkrishna Seva Ashram, alleged that no relief materials reached from February 13 to 18 to the inmates staying in 18 camps located under Goalpara and Mornoi police stations in Goalpara district and housing over 8,000 people.

“It was primarily the Goalpara unit of Ramkrishna Seva Ashram and few other organisations and individuals who came forward and supplied food and other essentials to the camp inmates,” Sarkar added. Sarkar said camp inmates raised the demand for putting up police pickets before chief minister Tarun Gogoi and BTAD chief Hagrama Mohilary during their visit to the camps yesterday and today respectively.

Goalpara deputy commissioner Pritam Saikia said apart from food materials including baby food, blankets and tarpaulins have already been supplied to the inmates.

“Moreover, Rs 500 for clothing and Rs 500 for utensils will also be given to the inmates from tomorrow,” Saikia said.

On rehabilitation, Saikia said process of damage assessment was already on and soon the issue would be addressed.