GUWAHATI, July 24 � The Citizens� Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC), Assam and the Assam Branch of the Association of Indian Lawyers (ABAIL) are of the opinion that if the present situation in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) is allowed to continue any further, it would lead to another 1994-like situation, which left hundreds dead and around 20,000 people permanently homeless.
Talking to this newspaper, chief adviser to the CRPC and the president of the ABAIL HRA Choudhury also made an appeal to all the people concerned to maintain peace and harmony in the greater interest of the State and the country as well. He also demanded immediate steps to transfer the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts for improving the situation there.
The civil and police administrations in both these BTAD districts have failed to maintain law and order and provide safeguard to the life and property of the common people. It is because of this and the designs of the vested interest circles that the resistance offered by some people to the extortionists have now been sought to be projected as communal clashes despite the denial from the common people.
It is a matter of agony that the areas inhabited by the minorities in these two districts have been handed over to the ex-militants who are now manning the police force, while the neutral forces are posted in the tribal areas. This has resulted in large-scale arsoning in the minority areas even during the curfew hours. Things have come to such a pass that the affected people have been alleging that the police personnel have been fleeing from some Chirang district places, he said.
He informed that both the CRPC and the ABAIL would shortly send a joint delegation to the affected areas to meet the people and make appeals to them to maintain peace and amity.
Meanwhile, the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) has made an appeal to all sections of the people to maintain peace and amity. It has directed its district units to keep an watch on the situation and extend all sorts of support to the district administrations in the affected districts in order to improve the situation.
A group of concerned citizens has convened a meeting at 3 pm tomorrow at Guwahati Press Club to discuss the situation arising out of the clashes in BTAD areas.
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has sent a delegation under the leadership of its president, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal to the violence-hit areas and made an appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony. It has also demanded seizure of all legal and illegal firearms in the violence-hit areas.
The United People�s Front has demanded imposition of Presidents� Rule in the State in case the present Government fails to bring the situation in the BTAD areas under control without further delay.