GUWAHATI, Aug 7 � The Government should deal with issues like threat of identity of the ethnic groups, illegal migration etc with a time bound programmed to prevent suspicion in the minds of the people so that ethnic clashes like the recent one in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts can be avoided. This was the view expressed by the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU).
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the president of the ABSU, Promode Boro said that the Government is in a hurry to rehabilitate the displaced people, but before doing so, confidence building measures should be taken as only providing security pickets would not help matters. The Government should also try to apprehend the culprits involved in the riots to remove apprehension from the minds of the people of both communities and the credentials of all the inmates of the relief camps should be checked before rehabilitating them.
The ABSU president blamed the Government for the present situation and said that the activities of the miscreants were not checked by the administration, which resulted in deterioration of the situation. He pointed out that the law and order of the BTAD areas was neglected by the State Government and though sporadic incidents of violence was taking place in the BTAD areas for some time, no action was taken against the culprits, which gave rise to suspicion in the minds of the people.
Boro said that the Government had the inputs but failed to take right steps at right time to prevent flaring up of the situation. He said that the political leadership of the state was aware of the tension brewing in the area, but no action was taken, while, the security lapses became clear at the contradictory statements of the State and Central Governments.
The ABSU also said that the Government should try to find out the real reasons for the ethnic clashes in different parts of Assam.