GUWAHATI, May 5 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the Government would institute a judicial inquiry by a retired judge to probe the outbreak of violence in the BTAD areas. He also laid to rest the controversy on the issue of providing arms to the violence-affected people and said that no such proposal was mooted by the Government.
In a statement here today, Gogoi said that instituting the judicial inquiry would help unravel the conspiracy angle behind the incidents and bring the culprits to book. He said the Government which has already moved the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the incidents, would leave no stone unturned to unearth the truth behind the incidents.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister today laid to rest the controversy regarding reports on the possibility of providing firearms to the violence-affected people and clarified that the State Government would not provide firearms to the violence-affected people in the BTAD areas.
Refuting news reports in a section of the print and electronic media that the Government would issue firearms to the violence-affected people in the BTAD areas, Chief Minister Gogoi said the Government has not taken any decision in this regard. He said the Government would provide security cover to the people in the vulnerable areas by increasing the number of police pickets and outposts, strengthening of Village Defence Party, forming peace committees and by taking up other security measures.