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GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi today asked the State Government to seek legal opinion regarding the alleged inhuman conditions at the detention camps for illegal immigrants.

�You take legal opinion, may be consult the Advocate General, and see if there is scope for any improvement,� Gogoi said after members cutting across party lines raised the issue after the Question Hour.

Gogoi, however, turned down a demand by MLAs belonging to the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) that a House committee should be formed to look into the issue, and said, �It is a legal matter.�

Earlier, raising a point of order, Congress MLA Siddique Ahmed said that a number of people have faced harassment after being declared as D-voters.

�As the NRC process is on, the State Government should file an affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on sending people to the detention camps till the NRC update process is completed,� he said. He was supported by Congress MLAs Ardhendu Kumar Dey and Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, AIUDF�s Abdur Rahim Khan and Monowar Hussain and BJP MLA Dilip Kumar Paul.

Dey alleged that camp inmates are forced to live in inhuman conditions. �It is a violation of human rights to keep children and elderly people in such conditions,� he said.

In his reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said the Government would look into the living conditions in the detention camps. �People are sent to detention camps only after a court order. The Government is not responsible for sending people to such camps. We will look into the issue and ensure that minimum facilities are provided in the detention camps,� he said.

Later, the Speaker suggested that the Government should seek legal opinion.

However, even after the matter settled down, Ardhendu Dey again raised the same issue just after the Zero Hour.

He was joined by all AIUDF MLAs and this time the House witnessed uproarious scenes for around 10-15 minutes.

A visibly agitated Rakibul Hussain asked the AIUDF MLAs not to politicise the issue and said, �The Government will do more than what you are demanding. Please do not make big statements here.�

Hussain also asked the AIUDF MLAs why they were not filing a case in the Supreme Court on the issue.

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Speaker asks Govt to seek legal opinion

GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi today asked the State Government to seek legal opinion regarding the alleged inhuman conditions at the detention camps for illegal immigrants.

�You take legal opinion, may be consult the Advocate General, and see if there is scope for any improvement,� Gogoi said after members cutting across party lines raised the issue after the Question Hour.

Gogoi, however, turned down a demand by MLAs belonging to the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) that a House committee should be formed to look into the issue, and said, �It is a legal matter.�

Earlier, raising a point of order, Congress MLA Siddique Ahmed said that a number of people have faced harassment after being declared as D-voters.

�As the NRC process is on, the State Government should file an affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on sending people to the detention camps till the NRC update process is completed,� he said. He was supported by Congress MLAs Ardhendu Kumar Dey and Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, AIUDF�s Abdur Rahim Khan and Monowar Hussain and BJP MLA Dilip Kumar Paul.

Dey alleged that camp inmates are forced to live in inhuman conditions. �It is a violation of human rights to keep children and elderly people in such conditions,� he said.

In his reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said the Government would look into the living conditions in the detention camps. �People are sent to detention camps only after a court order. The Government is not responsible for sending people to such camps. We will look into the issue and ensure that minimum facilities are provided in the detention camps,� he said.

Later, the Speaker suggested that the Government should seek legal opinion.

However, even after the matter settled down, Ardhendu Dey again raised the same issue just after the Zero Hour.

He was joined by all AIUDF MLAs and this time the House witnessed uproarious scenes for around 10-15 minutes.

A visibly agitated Rakibul Hussain asked the AIUDF MLAs not to politicise the issue and said, �The Government will do more than what you are demanding. Please do not make big statements here.�

Hussain also asked the AIUDF MLAs why they were not filing a case in the Supreme Court on the issue.