DIPHU, March 14 - The Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee has criticised the BJP-ruled Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and demanded that it should take full responsibility for Wednesday�s incident at the Hawkers and Vendors Rehabilitation Centre located at Harilal Basti of Diphu town.
It is to be mentioned that police fired in the air and baton charged an unruly mob at the centre on Wednesday, where one woman received serious head injury in the ensuing stampede. The incident occurred when people gathering there for receiving free materials under a State government�s scheme went berserk alleging erroneous distribution of materials.
In a press conference held at the office of the Congress party on Thursday, the district vice- president, and former Executive Member of the council, Ratan Engti said, �Distribution of GI sheets are not a new scheme. During the last 15 years of Congress rule also, distribution programmes were organised, but there were no such incidents. It is very unfortunate that an 80-year-old woman Kareng Enghipi was trampled upon after she fell on the ground. She received injuries on her face and mouth. It has created a law-and-order situation.�
Social organisations also criticised the KAAC administration. In a press conference, Hills State Demand Council general secretary Laichan Engleng said the distribution was not systematic. He said if the KAAC is willing to help the poor, then at least four bundles should have been given and not just one bundle of GI sheet to build houses. He said the KAAC should seek apology from the people and an inquiry should be conducted.