Lafiqul Islam killing: Assam's BJP-led govt under pressure to nab culprits to maintain communal harmony
Islam’s murder on Tuesday is the first incident of a minority leader of importance being killed in Assam after the BJP-led government took charge of the state one and half year back.
The talks, which lasted for around 40 minutes, discussed in details all long-pending issues raised by the ABSU for a lasting solution, including the demand for a separate state for the Bodos.
The intent was evident in the manner the BJP captured power in Assam for the first time riding on the massive anti-incumbency faced by the 15-year-long Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
The hypocrisy of BJP is evident from the fact that it didn’t shed tears when NDFB shot dead 50 Bengali-speaking Muslims in May last year in Assam.
The BJP leader also interacted with the inmates of six relief camps spread over Changmari, Malapara, Dakshin Haldibari areas of Kumargram and called upon the two governments of Assam and West Bengal to ensure their safe return by setting up Army pickets.
Around 2.11 lakh people taking shelter in relief camps in the affected districts of Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri gradually returning home, the chief minister said.
The goods laden trucks stranded in West Bengal are mostly bound for Tripura, Mizoram, southern Assam and parts of Manipur.
Nearly 93,000 persons belonging to Adivasi and Bodo communities in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts have taken shelter in 78 relief camps.
Bodos, Karbi, Dimasas and Koch-Rajbongshis have demanded separate states. The hill district of Karbi Anglong witnessed violence with two persons killed and several injured.
The Assam CM's alibis for failure to prevent the violence are untenable. It also represents the long-term failure of the state to fix its illegal migration problem.
Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday called for an immediate end to the violence and promised "a proper inquiry" into the ethnic clashes in Assam -- which left 45 people dead and lakhs homeless.
The riot-displaced want to go back home and pick up the threads of their life.
Clashes between Bodos and minority immigrants in our Assam districts continued for the fifth day in a row, with the death toll from the violence rising to 44. Over two lakh people in almost 400 villages have been displaced.
There is increasing pressure from the migrant population on the locals. The Bodos feel threatened.