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FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT Guwahati Published 04.10.00, 12:00 AM
Guwahati, Oct. 4 :    Guwahati, Oct. 4:  The Assam government has sought legal opinion on prosecution of government officials and politicians belonging to both the Congress and the Asom Gana Parishad for their alleged role in the 1992 communal riots in Nagaon and Dhubri districts. The riots broke out after fundamentalists desecrated the Babri Masjid. The Justice D. Pathak Commission held officials of both the districts guilty of not doing enough to avert the riots. The commission accused former Congress minister Anowar Hussain of instigating the rioters and castigated party leaders Ardhendu Kumar Dey and Abdul Jali Ragibi, and AGP legislator Khalilur Rahman for alleged lapses in 'controlling the situation' in Nagaon. Chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told The Telegraph that the state government had sought legal opinion on the possibility of initiating proceedings against the accused on the basis of the Pathak Commission's report. He said the inquiry panel recorded its findings, but did not recommend any steps. The commission had submitted its report to the erstwhile Hiteswar Saikia-led Congress government in 1995. The AGP-led government, which took over on June 15, 1996, also kept the report under wraps for four-and-a-half years. The state unit of the BJP has now demanded prosecution of the Congress leaders and government officials found guilty of abetting the riots. The clashes began in Nagaon town on December 7, 1992 and spread to Hojai. Over 90 people were killed, 10 of them in firing by police and army personnel. As many as 23 temples and mosques were also damaged. In Dhubri district, nine persons were killed and hundreds rendered homeless.    
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