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GUWAHATI, May 11 � Calling for a CBI probe into the recent killings in BTAD region, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) today said that if BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and other BPF leaders are investigated by the NIA for their alleged roles in the events, then senior State government ministers, including Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and Siddique Ahmed should also be brought under the ambit of the probe.

Addressing mediapersons here, BSS general secretary Kamala Kanta Mushahary and other leaders of the organisation said that the State government has failed in the law and order front. The BSS leaders said that many rumours and false statements have been disseminated during the recent days by the ruling party leaders and also some minority groups. �While we welcome the NIA investigation, the BSS also demands handing over of the cases to the CBI. That will bring out the truth,� he said.

The BSS also blamed certain outfits for making accusation against certain Bodo leaders and the BTC administration even before the investigation into the killings have began.

It said if the NIA investigates Mohilary, Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma, the investigating agency should also bring Sarma, Hussain, Ahmed, AIUDF boss Badruddin Ajmal and some other leaders under the ambit of the investigation. He said these leaders have been involved in making provocative statements and spreading falsehood.

Opposing any attempt to dissolve the BTC administration or bring about amendments to the BTC Act, the BSS also opposed any plan to hold panchayat elections in the BTAD region, which is a Sixth Schedule area. Rather, the literary and social body favoured further decentralization in the BTAD region by means of elections to local bodies as per provisions of the BTC Accord.

Mushahary said the BSS will oppose any attempt to impose the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the BTAD region, on the lines of Manipur.

�Senior police officers are saying that NDFB(S) is responsible for the carnage. We demand to know why not even a single NDFB(S) cadre, if they were involved, have not been apprehended so far,� he said.

The BSS has also called upon the NDFB(S) to clarify if it was involved in the killings and said if the terrorist outfit was responsible then the Bodo community will never forgive it.

Regarding illegal arms, the BSS said that the problem exists across the State and illegal arms should be seized from everybody without discrimination on the basis of community and ethnicity. �What is taking the government so long to seize illegal arms despite its claim that such weapons exist,� the organisation said.

Regarding arrest of forest staff in Baksa for their alleged involvement in the killings, Mushahary said officials from the Bodo community should not be selectively targeted and instead all Forest Department staff should be investigated.

BSS also blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for not taking steps to bring all militant groups to the table and reach a peaceful solution. Exuding confidence that the situation in BTAD would improve if the government shows the willpower, Mushahary also added, �If any incident takes place after declaration of election results on May 16, then minister Sarma, along with DGP Khagen Sarma and IGP SN Singh will be responsible.�

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Bodo Sahitya Sabha for CBI probe into killings

GUWAHATI, May 11 � Calling for a CBI probe into the recent killings in BTAD region, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) today said that if BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and other BPF leaders are investigated by the NIA for their alleged roles in the events, then senior State government ministers, including Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and Siddique Ahmed should also be brought under the ambit of the probe.

Addressing mediapersons here, BSS general secretary Kamala Kanta Mushahary and other leaders of the organisation said that the State government has failed in the law and order front. The BSS leaders said that many rumours and false statements have been disseminated during the recent days by the ruling party leaders and also some minority groups. �While we welcome the NIA investigation, the BSS also demands handing over of the cases to the CBI. That will bring out the truth,� he said.

The BSS also blamed certain outfits for making accusation against certain Bodo leaders and the BTC administration even before the investigation into the killings have began.

It said if the NIA investigates Mohilary, Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma, the investigating agency should also bring Sarma, Hussain, Ahmed, AIUDF boss Badruddin Ajmal and some other leaders under the ambit of the investigation. He said these leaders have been involved in making provocative statements and spreading falsehood.

Opposing any attempt to dissolve the BTC administration or bring about amendments to the BTC Act, the BSS also opposed any plan to hold panchayat elections in the BTAD region, which is a Sixth Schedule area. Rather, the literary and social body favoured further decentralization in the BTAD region by means of elections to local bodies as per provisions of the BTC Accord.

Mushahary said the BSS will oppose any attempt to impose the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the BTAD region, on the lines of Manipur.

�Senior police officers are saying that NDFB(S) is responsible for the carnage. We demand to know why not even a single NDFB(S) cadre, if they were involved, have not been apprehended so far,� he said.

The BSS has also called upon the NDFB(S) to clarify if it was involved in the killings and said if the terrorist outfit was responsible then the Bodo community will never forgive it.

Regarding illegal arms, the BSS said that the problem exists across the State and illegal arms should be seized from everybody without discrimination on the basis of community and ethnicity. �What is taking the government so long to seize illegal arms despite its claim that such weapons exist,� the organisation said.

Regarding arrest of forest staff in Baksa for their alleged involvement in the killings, Mushahary said officials from the Bodo community should not be selectively targeted and instead all Forest Department staff should be investigated.

BSS also blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for not taking steps to bring all militant groups to the table and reach a peaceful solution. Exuding confidence that the situation in BTAD would improve if the government shows the willpower, Mushahary also added, �If any incident takes place after declaration of election results on May 16, then minister Sarma, along with DGP Khagen Sarma and IGP SN Singh will be responsible.�

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