GUWAHATI, Aug 19 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to prepare an action plan to deal effectively with any emergency situation, particularly those arising out of mass violence.
Admitting that the violence in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) spread fast within the area as also outside in a rapid manner, Gogoi said that there was an urgent need to put in place a mechanism to deal effectively with such situations in the future.
�This is why we are working out an action plan for preventing large-scale flare-up triggered by clashes as has happened in BTAD,� he said.
Interacting with the media at his Koinadhara residence during which he also extended his Idd greetings to the people, the Chief Minister said that restoring normalcy and rehabilitating of the violence-affected people in BTAD was the Government�s top priority now.
On the issue of the impending reshuffle in the ministry, the Chief Minister said that it would be done in the appropriate time but �right now the Government�s focus was on rehabilitating the riot-hit and restoring normalcy in BTAD.�
The Chief Minister also sounded confident that those who returned to the State from south Indian States in the past few days fearing a backlash there, would soon go back to their respective work places there.
�The people became panicky largely due to spreading of rumours�once the situation eases, they are ready to go back, and we will provide the necessary assistance,� he said.
Gogoi also said that he stood vindicated by the Union Home Ministry�s assertion that Pakistan had a role in the violence at Mumbai in the aftermath of the BTAD unrest. �I first raised the issue of foreign hand in the flare-up, and the Home Ministry�s stand vindicates my uttering,� he added.
Gogoi expressed hope that Assam would soon get over with the BTAD violence, as the State had a history of communal harmony and brotherhood since the days of Srimanta Sankardev and Ajan Fakir.