Home Min­is­ter’s state­ment on As­sam vi­o­lence

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

The Union Home Min­is­ter, Sushil Ku­mar Shinde, has stated in the Par­lia­ment that the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence took place in Kokra­jhar, Chi­rang, Dhubri and Bon­gaigaon dis­tricts in As­sam from July 6, 2012 and on­wards. As per the re­ports re­ceived from the Gov­ern­ment of As­sam there was sim­mer­ing ten­sion be­tween Bodo and non-Bodo com­mu­ni­ties of Bodoland Ter­ri­to­rial Area Dis­trict (BTAD) on var­i­ous so­cio-po­lit­i­cal is­sues. The back­ground of the re­cent spate of vi­o­lence may be at­trib­uted to the in­ci­dents which took place mainly be­tween July 6 and 19.

On July 6, Kam­ta­puri Lib­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (KLO) ter­ror­ists fired in­dis­crim­i­nately at Mus­limpara Gaon un­der Gos­saigaon Po­lice Sta­tion killing two per­sons be­long­ing to the Mus­lim community and in­jur­ing three per­sons. One KLO ter­ror­ist was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case reg­is­tered in this re­gard. Though this was com­mu­ni­cated to the Mus­lim peo­ple of the area, it was not be­lieved by them and they strongly sus­pected the hands of Bodo mis­cre­ants in the in­ci­dent.

On July 19, un­known mo­tor­cy­cle-borne mis­cre­ants fired in­dis­crim­i­nately in front of the res­i­dence of Mahibul Haque Ratul and Md. Abu Sid­dique both of vil­lage Magur­mari and of­fice-bear­ers of All Bodoland Mus­lim Students’ Union (ABMSU), thereby in­jur­ing them se­ri­ously.

On July 20, four Bodo youth while com­ing from Bhati­para side to­wards Kokra­jhar on two mo­tor­cy­cles at Jaipur un­der Kokra­jhar po­lice sta­tion were at­tacked by some uniden­ti­fied Mus­lim youths with sharp weapons as a re­sult of which they died on the spot.

The com­mu­nal in­ci­dents started in full swing af­ter this par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent of killing of four Bodo youths. Ini­tially the in­ci­dents were con­cen­trated in Kokra­jhar dis­trict but later on due to bandh call given by ABMSU and All As­sam Mus­lim Students Union (AAMSU) on July 23, the ten­sion spread to the ad­join­ing dis­tricts of Dhubri and Chi­rang as well.

Fur­ther vi­o­lence again took place in the dis­tricts of Kokra­jhar and Chi­rang on Au­gust 5 and 6 re­sult­ing in the death of eight per­sons and in­juries to two per­sons.

As on Au­gust 8, the vi­o­lence had taken a toll of 77 lives with an­other 50 injured (in­clud­ing 14 po­lice per­son­nel), and seven miss­ing, af­fect­ing 244 vil­lages, 47,936 fam­i­lies and 5,367 houses burnt as per pre­lim­i­nary re­ports so far. The State Gov­ern­ment had set up 340 re­lief camps for af­fected fam­i­lies.

Over 170 per­sons in­dulging in vi­o­lence and ar­sons have been ar­rested so far by se­cu­rity forces. About 309 cases have been reg­is­tered in con­nec­tion with eth­nic vi­o­lence. Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) with ADGP (CID) as over­all in-charge has been con­sti­tuted to in­ves­ti­gate six im­por­tant cases.

Com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity plan has been chalked out to pro­vide fool­proof se­cu­rity to the af­fected pop­u­la­tion. About 104 fixed po­lice pick­ets have been pro­posed in vul­ner­a­ble vil­lages of which 99 have been es­tab­lished. They have been given re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing se­cu­rity for the af­fected vil­lages.

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