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AASU flays Gogoi over border clash

Golaghat, Aug. 23: Not satisified with Dispur’s steps to douse the border flare-up in Golaghat district, 10 organistions will meet at Uriamghat tomorrow to chalk out their future course of strategy, while the district saw its second incident-free day today.

Monowar Hussain, central executive member of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), told The Telegraph that representatives from All Bodo Students’ Union, All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, All Rabha Students’ Union, Simanto Gaon Burha Santha, Chutia Jati Satro Sangtha and other organisations, will take part in tomorrow’s meeting.

“We are not satisfied with chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s declaration of a CBI inquiry. He had earlier declared such an inquiry after previous incidents but nothing constructive came out of it. Moreover, it is up to the CBI to accept the case or refuse it. Therefore, we demand the whole incident be probed by a sitting high court judge,” he said.

Raju Phukon, another central AASU executive member, alleged that Gogoi’s assurance of providing security to people living in border areas seems to be a hollow promise because the Assam police battalion is yet to reach the interior villages, as the CRPF stopped them nearly 12km from the border.

After tomorrow’s meeting in Uriamghat, we will disclose our future course of action and not rest unless the culprits are brought to book, Phukon added.

Gogoi yesterday held a meeting with leaders of seven organisations spearheading the protests at Golaghat against Nagaland for the alleged atrocity on villagers living in Uriamghat.

Most of the 10 organisations were not part of the meeting with Gogoi yesterday.

Sources said only seven organisations were called because they wanted to build a consensus which would not be possible if all the groups warring against the administration were invited. “Such talks are best confined to small groups to achieve any meaningful result,” a source said.

Even though the official toll in the border skirmishes has reached nine, unofficial sources said over 15 persons have been killed and more than 10,000 people displaced.

The Golaghat district unit of the AASU also staged a 12-hour hunger strike demanding the government take steps to ensure the displaced people can return back to their houses, identify the culprits and probe the incident by a high court judge.

On the other hand, with the 15-hour relaxation in curfew in Golaghat and Dhansiri subdivisions, a certain calm has descended. People thronged the markets and educational and financial institutions started to function.

However, night curfew from 9pm is still in force with the army patrolling some parts of the district.

The district administration today confirmed that the border violence has completely damaged 674 houses.

Apart from Golaghat members, AASU activists also resorted to a hunger strike across the state, including Guwahati.

The union has questioned why the Centre not yet sent a team to assess the situation in areas along the inter-state border.

BJP move

The BJP will lay stress on solving the inter-state border dispute if it comes to power in the state in the 2016 Assembly election.

The party’s state unit president Siddartha Bhattacharjee said his party is concerned over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and blamed the Congress government for its failure to tackle the burning problems.

Bhattacharjee, along with senior party leaders and two central committee members, participated in the three-day state committee meeting here which started yesterday.

A party source today said Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who was scheduled to attend the Sunday open session, has cancelled his visit due to the deteriorating law and order situation.

Former state committee president Sarbananda Sonowal today said Singh is closely monitoring the situation and asked him to revisit the area.

Nagaon police, however, said the BJP leadership had not moved administration with any such intimation that the Union home minister would participate in their programme.

“We have not received any information that Singh would visit Nagaon for a scheduled party programme,” said Nagaon superintendent of police A. Kalita.

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