GUWAHATI, Aug 29 – The Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG), in a statement, condemned the acts of violence indulged in by members of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) during Tuesday’s Assam bandh called by it, and called upon all to maintain peace and harmony and not to be influenced by rumours.
Asserting that the burning issue of Bangladeshi infiltration warranted a political solution, SGBG said that none should be allowed to sow seeds of distrust and communal feelings over the issue.
“The people of Assam must stand as a united lot in this hour of crisis and prevent bids by radical and anti-social elements to foment trouble on communal lines,” it said. Deploring police inaction on the violent protesters, SGBG said that it was shocking that the police choose to remain a mute spectator to the acts of utter vandalism by the AAMSU supporters.
Veteran journalist DN Chakravartty, while condemning the hooliganism perpetrated by AAMSU activists in several places of the State on Tuesday in the name of enforcing the Assam bandh, called upon the Centre and the State governments to take appropriate legal action against all those responsible for the mayhem as evident from the various TV footages.
Chakravartty said that the AAMSU had created a notorious history since its inception in the 1980s in heaping untold miseries on the people of the State “masquerading as champions of the cause of the so-called minority community of the State.”
Chakravartty called upon the political leaders to find a final solution to the problems of Bangladeshi infiltrators with an international agreement on extradition with the Government of Bangladesh securing the endorsement of the UN.
Various other organizations, including the Janajati Smriti Jagaran Samiti, Sadou Asom Goria Moria Deshi Jatiya Parishad, All Asom Suraksha Parishad and Assam Association of the Deaf, have condemned Tuesday’s violence during the bandh, and appealed to all concerned to desist from calling bandhs during the sensitive times the State was passing through. The organizations also deplored the unprovoked attacks by bandh supporters on media persons.