NEW DELHI, Oct 18 � Alleging that elements of Al Qaeda and fundamentalist terrorist groups operating in Assam are all Bangladeshis, the All Assam Students� Union today slammed the State Government for its inaction, urging the Centre to undertake a massive operation to detect these elements and their political mentors.
An AASU delegation comprising its general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi and adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya called on Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju here and blasted the AIUDF for its misleading statements.
An AIUDF MLA from Barpeta even dared to say that there is no Al Qaeda activity in Assam. Another ex-MLA has gone to the extent of demanding a Muslim state in Assam.
The student body lambasted the ruling Congress Party, as well. It said it was of the firm belief that many groups of anti-India outfits were working in Assam taking advantage of the pro-Bangladeshi attitude of the Congress Government in Assam.
The AASU urged the Centre to undertake a massive operation to detect all anti-India fundamentalist terrorist organisations active in Assam.
Bangladeshis come in different disguises and with different objectives. The elements of Al-Qaeda, the fundamentalists and the terrorist groups operating in Assam are all Bangladeshis, the AASU alleged.
Meanwhile, North East Students Organisation (NESO), a body of eight student bodies of the region in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made five suggestions to tackle the incidents of attacks on students and people hailing from the North-east.
They called for setting up special police cells in all the metros and handling cases of racial discrimination and atrocities on the students and people of the North-east. They also demanded capital punishment to all the perpetrators of heinous crimes.
The NESO demanded immediate one-time recruitment of 5,000 people from the North-east into Delhi Police, besides enactment of a stringent law to deal with crimes against people from the North-east.
Incidents of assault and molestation have been happening on a regular basis, resulting in a feeling of insecurity, especially among the womenfolk, the NESO said.