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NDFB (P) condemns BTAD violence
 TEZPUR, Aug 10 – The NDFB (Progressive), headed by Gobinda Basumatary, on Wednesday condemned the gruesome communal violence in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts where hundreds of innocent people were killed and lakhs of people were displaced. In an e-mail, Deputy Information and Publicity Secretary B Borosa said that the entire incident was a pre-planned attack against the sons of the soil. Suspected Bangladeshi nationals as well as some government agents are involved in the incident, the outfit alleged. The Deputy Publicity Secretary added in the press statement that the clashes were between ‘illegal migrants’ and the indigenous people and were an attempt to evict the latter from their own soil. “The State Government has failed to control the situation. The Government’s failure to send reinforcements to the strife-torn areas even after five days was nothing but a ploy to give advantage to the illegal migrants to crush and finish the Bodo people,” alleged the outfit in the statement, adding that more damage befell on the ‘illegal migrants.’

However, sensing the loss to the illegal migrants, the Government promptly came forward to rescue them and reinforcements were sent to the areas immediately, Borosa alleged. He stated that the NDFB (P) condemns the ‘biased attitude’ of the Government. The anti-Bodo stand of the State Government is apparent as the security posts have been arranged only for the relief camps sheltering the ‘illegal migrants’ but no single security post was seen in the relief camps of the Bodo people.

The statement maintained that the NDFB (P) has realised the conspiracy to push ‘illegal migrants’ into the Bodoland area through the violence. As per the Census report of 2011, only 1.5 lakh minority population exists in Kokrajhar. Some Muslims are still in their villages, some are held up in relief camps in Kokrajhar itself. No refugees from Chirang have been shifted to Dhubri so far. Who are the additional 2.5 lakh Muslim people who Badaruddin Ajmal has been claiming as residing in the relief camps, Borosa questioned.

The statement further opposed the rehabilitation of the evicted ‘illegal migrants.’ They should be rehabilitated only after updating the NRC on the basis of the Census report of 1951. The State Government’s attempt to rehabilitate them without ascertaining their NRC position will cause more violence in the region for which the Government will be responsible, it said. The NDFB (P) appealed to all concerned to concede to the separate State demand of the Bodos and other indigenous people, political safeguard to the identity of the indigenous tribal people along with the safety and security of the lives and property, local language and culture, customs and traditions. It also called to make India free from illegal migrants, seal the Indo-Bangla border, implement the Clause 10 of the Assam Accord,1985, update the NRC, etc.

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