GUWAHATI, Nov 19 – A section of leaders of the Congress are trying to rehabilitate all the people displaced in the clashes in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in July this year without proper verification and they have launched a campaign against the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) to malign the image of the party, alleged the deputy chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Khampa Borgoyari.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Borgoyari said that some Congress men are opposed to the decisions taken in the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed by the Chief Minister and the BTC on the issue of rehabilitation of the displaced people. He said that in the meeting between the GoM and the BTC, it was decided that the displaced people would be rehabilitated after proper verification and only those who have land documents would be rehabilitated in the first phase and the other Indian citizens would be rehabilitated in the next phase. But some Congress men are opposed to the decisions of the GoM and they are out to malign the BPF, he alleged.
Borgoyari said that the displaced people are now going back to the BTAD area without any verification, which is against the decisions of the GoM and BTC.
The BTC deputy chief alleged that executive member of the Council, Mono Kumar Brahma’s arrest was a conspiracy by some Congressmen and at first police claimed that one weapon was recovered from his residence and then during media briefing, police claimed that two weapons were recovered. He alleged that according to information available with them, the weapons shown to be recovered from the residence of Brahma were earlier cleaned in the police station.
Borgoyari alleged that in the last few days, the security cover of the BPF members and others in the BTAD area was withdrawn and “ we have reasons to believe that some of us may become targets of secret killings.” The BTC authorities have decided to take up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), while, the BPF is also planning to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gauhati High Court in this regard.
The BTC member also alleged that adequate security cover was not provided in the villages where displaced people were rehabilitated and though the BPF was requesting the Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar to convene an all party meet to discuss the situation, only yesterday, such a meeting was convened and the BPF was not invited. Only the MP and one MLA of BPF were invited and other leaders of the BPF were not apprised of the meeting, he added.