GUWAHATI, July 26 � Various protest demonstrations and peace meets held in the city today saw the citizens extending their solidarity with the riot-hit people of BTAD and denouncing the forces of evil that are believed to have orchestrated the carnage.
Six organizations under the aegis of the All India Students Association, Assam, organised a sit-in demonstration at the Ambari bus stop decrying the ongoing violence in BTAD and appealing to both the communities to restore peace and normalcy.
The protesters also demanded firm steps by the State Government to quell the violence and adequate relief and rehabilitation for the affected populace in BTAD.
Gana Adhikar Social Circle also organized a peace meeting at the Dighalipukhuri campus where several distinguished citizens including Prof Ataur Rehman, Prof Abdul Mannan and Dr Jogendra Nath appealed to the BTAD authorities and the State Government to reinforce security in the violence-hit areas and rehabilitate the affected people.
The speakers also expressed concern over the easy availability of firearms with all and sundry in BTAD, and urged the Government to seize all illegal weapons.
Meanwhile, Bolin Bordoloi, president of the Assam centre for Rural Development, an NGO, has appealed to the people of all communities living in the BTAD area to maintain peace and harmony.
In a statement, Bordoloi urged the people not to be instigated by rumours spread by anti-social elements.
�The age-old harmony and unity among various communities and ethnic groups is the pillar of strength of Assam. All of us should join hands so that peace and harmony is restored,� he said.
YL Karna, vice chairman of National Integration Council of Assam, has expressed concern over the violence in Kokrajhar and other areas.
In a statement, he said that violence has never solved any problems and called upon everyone to work for peace and building trust in the violencehit areas. He also appealed to all communities not to heed to rumours and come together for development of the areas.