GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Thursday demanded of the Centre and State Governments to ensure security to the students and professionals outside the State and pressed on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to immediately send a team of Ministers to the States where a backlash has been triggered against the people of Assam following the BTAD violence.
The AASU called upon the State Government to initiate the necessary action to bring back the body of Sanjay Rai of Kokrajhar who was a victim of the backlash in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. The body of Rai is lying at present at Sompata Government Hospital.
The student body held AIUDF leader Badaruddin Ajmal responsible for the backlash in other parts of the country and strongly warned Ajmal to desist from giving a communal colour to the BTAD conflict.
Addressing media persons here, functionaries of the student body, adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, president Sankar Prasad Rai and general secretary Tapan Gogoi said that Assam and other States in the North East are part of India and people of the region have the right to study and work anywhere in India without fear.
�It is very unfortunate that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is sitting idle at this hour of crisis. He should act and instill confidence in our students and professionals,� said Bhattacharya adding that the AASU has got in touch with the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Union Home Secretary and the Assam Association in Bangalore in connection to the exodus of students and professionals.
�Exodus is not the solution to the problem. The government must act strongly against those harassing the people of the region,� said Bhattacharya asserting that implementation of the Assam Accord can only bring permanent peace to the State.