KOKRAJHAR, July 26 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi appealed to the people at large to remain calm and extend cooperation in restoring peace and normalcy in the areas.
After six days of horrible incidents of violence in Kokrajhar the Chief Minister, who is also incharge of home department, came to Kokrajhar today.
After landing at Salakati NTPC helipad he held discussion with the high level security officials and later proceeded to Kokrajhar circuit house and held several rounds of discussion their and reviewed the situation. He also met BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and the leaders of various organizations namely ABSU, AAMSU, ABMSU, BPF, BPPF etc including senior citizens of Kokrajhar to take stock of the situation. However, Gogoi did not survey the relief camps and affected areas which further disappointed the people.
Gogoi declared a compensation of Rs. six lakh to each of the deceased families while medical treatment facility will be provided to the injured by the government with adequate amount. He also assured that the destroyed houses will be reconstructed and the loss of property compensated through government assistance. Besides, the government will also bear the cost of education of the children affected by the situation.
Talking to media Gogoi informed that the death toll has gone up to 44 and more than two lakhs people have been sheltered in relief camps.
He stated that the security has been adequately beefed up with additional forces and every care is being taken to provide basic services at the relief camps.
Meanwhile, the public has been suffering a great deal due to the indefinite curfew and crisis of essential items like food, vegetables, etc.
This morning police recovered three bodies from different places of Kokrajhar. However, no major fresh incidents has been reported excepting the that one magistrate was assaulted by some relief camp inmates this morning at Bhotgaon Kashipara for late arrival of relief materials for the last few days.
Talking to the Chief Minister during the visit, the ABSU demanded early control over the situation and wanted the government to come forward in restoring peace and normalcy in the area. The AAMSU demanded a CBI inquiry into the incidents and suspension of both the DC and SP of Kokrajhar apart from seizing illegal arms from unauthorized people. The Char Chapori Sahitya Sabha demanded deployment of IAS and IPS officers in administrative forces and also demanded higher judicial inquiry. The BPPF demanded a judicial inquiry commission headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge to find out the root causes of the present violence.