GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today called upon the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify whether he would wait till jehadi groups indulge in large scale violence before taking any major action to detect and deport the foreigners and jehadi elements from Assam. The students� body also demanded a high level probe to ascertain how Bangladeshi nationals managed to obtain Indian passports from Assam.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that only a thorough investigation would ascertain how Bangladeshi nationals managed to get Indian passports from Assam. He demanded that the Centre should immediately order a probe and those responsible for helping foreigners to obtain passports should be brought to book.
Reacting to recent arrests of ultras belonging to the JMB, Bhattacharya said that over the years, the AASU and different other organizations of the State have been alleging that fundamentalist elements are entering Assam along with Bangladeshi nationals by taking advantage of the porous international border and the allegations are now proved to be correct. He said that after one major ultra strike in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India has raised the issue in the international forum including the United Nations. Will the Prime Minister wait for such a terrorist attack in Assam before taking action against the jehadi elements and foreign nationals, he questioned.
The AASU chief adviser pointed out that way back in 2005, the Supreme Court, while striking down the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, had mentioned that Assam was facing external aggression and internal disturbance because of illegal migration of foreigners to Assam. But unfortunately, the Central and State Governments failed to pay heed to the warnings by the Supreme Court, he lamented.
Bhattacharya alleged that successive Governments in the State and at the Centre committed a crime and compromised with the security of the nation by keeping the international border with Bangladesh open even after 31 years of signing of the Assam Accord and anti-national forces are now taking advantage of the situation. The Government of India must launch a massive operation to drive out the illegal migrants and elements of fundamentalist forces from Assam and shoot and sight orders should be ordered along the international border with Bangladesh , he demanded. He also questioned whether the Government of India would take such a soft attitude in case of the international border in the western sector.