GUWAHATI, Jan 29 - Certain forces are trying to create trouble in Assam by launching false propaganda to stall the process of development of the State and the government will take strong action against such forces, asserted Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He also reiterated that not an inch of Assam�s land would be included in Nagalim after the signing of the peace pact with the rebel groups of Nagaland.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Sonowal revealed that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a detailed discussion with him over phone yesterday on the situation in Dima Hasao district after the death of two persons in police firing when an agitation had turned violent. �During the discussion also, the Home Minister asserted that the geographical boundary of Assam would not be touched to sign an agreement with Naga rebel groups and the people of the State should not be apprehensive.�
Sonowal said that a high-level probe by a senior officer of the rank of Additional Chief Secretary has already been ordered into the Dima Hasao incident and those found guilty would be punished. As the State and Central governments have been repeatedly assuring the people that Assam�s boundary would not be touched to sign an accord with the rebel groups of Nagaland and even after such assurances, there is no reason for the people to believe the misinformation being spread by some circles with vested interest, he added. He appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace in the interest of the overall development of Assam.
The Chief Minister said the State government is keen on equal development in the Brahmaputra and the Barak valleys as well as the hill districts. �We are working hard to achieve our goal of achieving equal development of every corner of the State by taking all sections of people into confidence. But, unfortunately, certain circles with vested interest, who do not want development of Assam, are trying to create problems by launching a misinformation campaign to affect the process of development,� he said.
Sonowal pointed out that it was not for the first time that certain vested interests have tried to create problem in the State by launching a misinformation campaign. He said that for quite some time, certain sections of people are trying to create confusion in the minds of the people by launching rumours that a large portion of Assam�s land would be included in Nagalim despite repeated assurances by the Government of India. He said that some people even tried to create confusion in the minds of people on the issue of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He asserted that all the government agencies are trying to find out the persons involved in such rumour mongering and strong action would be taken against such persons. He also asserted that no one would be allowed to disturb peace and tranquility in Assam, as this might affect the pace of development. At the same time, he admitted that the government would require the cooperation of all sections of people to push forward its development agenda.