KOKRAJHAR, July 30 � Senior BJP leader L K Advani today termed the incidents of violence in Kokrajhar as most serious and expressed his concern at the deplorable condition of thousands of affected people staying in relief camps.
Advani criticised the government for failing to deal with the problem although there had been several inputs on the possibilities of clashes. He also strongly criticised the Prime Minister who described the violence as a �blot on the nation�, adding that since the clashes happened in Assam which he represents as an MP, he should realise the gravity and urgency of the situation where the lives of Indian people were at stake.
He hoped that Assam would not face a situation like Jammu & Kashmir where the entire population of native Indians in Kashmir lived in relief camps due to violence. He also referred to the concern expressed by the Supreme Court of India on the issue of cross-border infiltration and its directive to scrap the IMDT Act.
Advani described the situation in Kokrajhar and other affected districts as a conflict between Indians and illegal immigrants and definitely not between Bodos and the minority people living in the areas. He strongly emphasized that India could not afford to allow foreigners to stay in the country at the cost of the Indian people. He said the matter should be considered seriously.
The senior BJP leader also visited some relief camps in Kokrajhar and interacted with the camp inmates, besides meeting people from different sections of society. He was accompanied by Bijoya Chakraborty amongst others.
It may be mentioned here that so far 57 people have been declared killed officially in the violence in Kokrajhar, while the new DCs of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts took charge last night. The curfew from 6 pm to 6 am still continues.