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GUWAHATI, Jan 8 � Accusing both the State and the Central governments of lacking sincerity, the Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) today said that uncalled-for politicisation of the development over the recent NDFB(S)-triggered carnage issue would complicate the matters and prevent justice for the affected Adivasi community.

Addressing a press conference, ATTSA president Prahlad Goala said that both the Congress and the BJP are more interested in seeking political mileage out of the NDFB(S)-triggered carnage than expediting quick and effective action on the terrorists.

�All along, the State government and the Centre have been coming up with contradictory statements and moves. The Assam Police has even gone to the extent of giving clean chit to the marauding ultras, who killed 89-odd innocent people, including infants, children and women,� Goala said.

Alleging that the State government and the police were being unduly lenient to the NDFB(S) terrorists, Goala said that NDFB(S) cadres are still moving in the open freely in Kokrajhar and other BTAD areas with the law-enforcing authorities looking the other way.

�It is a fact that the NDFB(S) is running a parallel government in parts of BTAD and Sonitpur districts. The ongoing Army operation is unlikely to yield anything worthwhile unless the police and the State government cooperate fully,� Goala said.

On the designs of the NDFB(S), the ATTSA said that the carnage was motivated by the Bodo terrorists� agenda of a greater Bodoland and ethnic cleansing was but a part of the agenda.

�The Bodo population in their proposed Bodoland is 27 per cent and they want to increase it up to 50 per cent� the Adivasis are poor and marginalized and have always been vulnerable to such terrorist attacks over the decades. The government needs to intervene with a firm hand but that is not happening,� he said.

Goala said that the ATTSA would allow neither the Congress nor the BJP to have any political mileage out of the issue in the 2016 Assembly elections.

On the large-scale displacement of Adivasis following the carnage, Goala said that people were unwilling to return because there was no security in their violence-affected villages.

The ATTSA warned of an intense mass movement unless the perpetrators of the carnage were brought to justice soon.

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Politicisation will complicate matters: ATTSA

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 � Accusing both the State and the Central governments of lacking sincerity, the Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) today said that uncalled-for politicisation of the development over the recent NDFB(S)-triggered carnage issue would complicate the matters and prevent justice for the affected Adivasi community.

Addressing a press conference, ATTSA president Prahlad Goala said that both the Congress and the BJP are more interested in seeking political mileage out of the NDFB(S)-triggered carnage than expediting quick and effective action on the terrorists.

�All along, the State government and the Centre have been coming up with contradictory statements and moves. The Assam Police has even gone to the extent of giving clean chit to the marauding ultras, who killed 89-odd innocent people, including infants, children and women,� Goala said.

Alleging that the State government and the police were being unduly lenient to the NDFB(S) terrorists, Goala said that NDFB(S) cadres are still moving in the open freely in Kokrajhar and other BTAD areas with the law-enforcing authorities looking the other way.

�It is a fact that the NDFB(S) is running a parallel government in parts of BTAD and Sonitpur districts. The ongoing Army operation is unlikely to yield anything worthwhile unless the police and the State government cooperate fully,� Goala said.

On the designs of the NDFB(S), the ATTSA said that the carnage was motivated by the Bodo terrorists� agenda of a greater Bodoland and ethnic cleansing was but a part of the agenda.

�The Bodo population in their proposed Bodoland is 27 per cent and they want to increase it up to 50 per cent� the Adivasis are poor and marginalized and have always been vulnerable to such terrorist attacks over the decades. The government needs to intervene with a firm hand but that is not happening,� he said.

Goala said that the ATTSA would allow neither the Congress nor the BJP to have any political mileage out of the issue in the 2016 Assembly elections.

On the large-scale displacement of Adivasis following the carnage, Goala said that people were unwilling to return because there was no security in their violence-affected villages.

The ATTSA warned of an intense mass movement unless the perpetrators of the carnage were brought to justice soon.