Aim­ing for Nev­er­land

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“It is a con­spir­acy,” says per­fume baron Badrud­din Aj­mal who also heads the All In­dia United Demo­cratic Front ( AIUDF), the sec­ond largest party in the 126mem­ber As­sam Assem­bly. Point­ing to the long- sus­tained prox­im­ity be­tween Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi and for­mer BLT chief Ha­grama Mo­hi­lary, now the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bodoland Ter­ri­to­rial Coun­cil ( BTC) that runs the af­fairs in BTAD, he wants a CBI in­quest into what he be­lieves is “a murky pact to drive away all Mus­lims from BTAD”.

Po­lice and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials say there is ev­i­dence that long dor­mant, even de­funct mil­i­tant out­fits, have re­taken arms to join what they see as the ul­ti­mate push for a de­mo­graph­i­cally ho­moge­nous Bodoland. Union Home Min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram, now headed for the fi­nance min­istry, also ad­mit­ted that sev­eral groups in BTAD pos­sessed weapons, as many for­mer mil­i­tants did not sur­ren­der weapons. Mo­hi­lary, how­ever, dis­agrees and blames “il­le­gal im­mi­grants” for the vi­o­lence. “We have re­ports of peo­ple from Bangladesh cross­ing the Brahma­pu­tra into Dhubri and then in­trud­ing into Kokra­jhar. We have urged the seal­ing of the Kokra­jhar and Dhubri bor­der,” said Mo­hi­lary on July 24.

On July 25, Sub- in­spec­tor Di­panta Phukan of the As­sam Po­lice and his men came un­der fire while re­spond­ing to a call about mis­cre­ants torch­ing mi­grants’ homes at De­ol­guri in Chi­rang dis­trict: “They used Kalash­nikovs

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