Aiming for Neverland
“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