GUWAHATI, Aug 1 � Claiming that the situation in the riot-torn Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) was gradually returning to normal, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that by August 15 all the people living in relief camps would be back in their homes.
�Fourteen camps have already been closed with the inmates returning to their villages. Overall 12,000 people are back in their villages. Accommodations are also being provided with pre-fabricated materials,� Gogoi said at a press conference.
Gogoi said that fixed pickets were also being set up for facilitating a coordinated mechanism with village defence parties (VDPs), home-guards and the police. �Ten fixed pickets have so far been put up, with another 19 to follow today. Total there will be 104 such pickets,� he added.
The Chief Minister claimed that relief camps were being managed properly � barring a few minor hiccups -- with adequate medical facilities.
Gogoi said that no illegal Bangladeshi migrant was involved in the riots, and that the all the people Muslim populace were Indian citizens.
�The conflict could be due to land problems, identity crisis but we want to reconcile the differences. Economic development of the area will also help lessen tension. The people also want to live together in harmony�this is not the time to play politics,� he said.
Gogoi also dared the BJP to come up with the figures of illegal migrants living in the relief camps to substantiate its allegation of their involvement in the clashes.