NEW DELHI, Aug 24 � Amidst rising political temperature following arrest of a MLA belonging to an alliance partner of the ruling Congress Party, the Assam Government is likely to hand over all the cases involving Pradip Kumar Brahma to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the ethnic clashes in BTAD areas.
According to highly placed sources, it has been conveyed to the Home Ministry by the State Government that all the seven cases involving the BPF MLA may be handed over to the CBI for further investigation. With the handing over of the cases, a total of 14 cases are now likely to be probed by the CBI, said sources.
At a time when Brahma�s arrest by the local police has become a political issue, threatening to rock the boat of the ruling alliance in Assam, Dispur�s decision to hand over the case to CBI might strain relations between Congress and its ally BPF.
A section of BPF MLAs have already started making noise threatening to pull out of the alliance, though senior leaders of BPF treaded cautiously. While the local administration has declared curfew in Kokrajhar apprehending law-and-order problems, BPF has retaliated by declaring an indefinite bandh in the district protesting Brahma�s arrest.
The Kokrajhar (West) MLA was arrested in connection with recent violence in Kokrajhar for his role in the recent clashes. As many as seven criminal cases have been registered against him in Dotma and Fakiragram police stations. Brahma was sent to 14-day judicial custody by District and Sessions Court of Kokrajhar on Thursday.
Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Friday charged indirect complicity of the State Government in the ethnic clashes in BTAD areas citing the arrest of a MLA belonging to the ruling alliance.
Meanwhile, in a clear indication of changing political equation, the BJP has come to the rescue of the beleaguered BPF. BJP national spokesman Tarun Vijay, criticising his arrest, said that the way Government of Assam has arrested Brahma exposes the Government�s anti-democratic and a revengeful attitude.
The BJP has described Brahma as a patriotic Indian national, who has become a victim of Bangladeshi infiltrators on the one hand and of the police high handedness on the other.
While this UPA Government has failed to nab the culprits of Mumbai, who had vandalised the Amar Jawan Jyoti, and has not arrested a single Bangladeshi rioter in Kokrajhar, it has chosen to attack and intimidate the victims of Bangladeshi violence in Kokrajhar, Vijay alleged.
�We condemn this anti-democratic attitude of the govt and demand that proper action be taken against the Bangladeshi rioters, protection be given to the Bodos and revengeful action against Bodo people be stopped immediately,� BJP demanded.