GUWAHATI, Dec 13 � The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) authorities as well as the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) have criticized the State Government for its failure to maintain law and order in the Council area and alleged that the administration and the police remained silent spectators to the lawlessness.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Deputy Chief of the BTC, Khampa Borgoyary said that law and order is a state subject and it is the responsibility of the State Government to ensure that law and order in the BTC area is maintained. He said that the BTC has already taken up the issue of deterioration of law and order with the State Government on several occasions.
Commenting on the recent exodus of doctors from Kokrajhar district after they received extortion demands, the BTC deputy chief said that the administration and the police know the numbers from where the calls to the doctors were made. But it is unfortunate that the police failed to nab the culprits involved even after knowing their phone numbers, he pointed out. He also admitted that apart from the doctors, traders, college teachers and even chairmen of the village level development committees received extortion demands from the ultras and the police should take immediate action in this regard.
Borgoyary said that as the common people are the worst sufferers from the exodus of doctors, the BTC has requested the police to provide PSOs to all the doctors and to post permanent police pickets in all the hospitals.
Borgoyary, who is also the chief convener of the Bodo National Council (BNC), formed to restore peace in the BTC area, said that the BNC had appealed to all organizations and groups to maintain peace. He said that though the incidents of fratricidal clashes have come down, the extortions has not stopped, which is very unfortunate. He said that the BNC has already met the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister requesting them to start the process of talks with the militant groups for permanent solution of the problems and at this juncture, no one should vitiate the atmosphere by indulging in unlawful activities.
Both the NDFB (R) and NDFB (P) have denied their involvement in the recent spurt of extortions. If they are not involved , they should come out to help the police to nab the real culprits, Borgoyary added. He also demanded that strong action should be taken against anyone found to be involved in such crimes as the common people of the BTC would be the worst sufferers.
Meanwhile, the ABSU has strongly criticized the State Government for its failure to maintain law and order in the BTC area. ABSU president Promod Boro said that the failure of the State Government to maintain law and order in BTC area is one of the reasons for the ABSU for reviving the movement for creation of separate state of Bodoland.