GUWAHATI, March 7 � The State government today said that it has already got in touch with the Nagaland government as well as the Centre regarding the lynching of Syed Sarif Khan by a mob in Dimapur, even as Dispur has made arrangements to ensure that there is no backlash in the State.
Giving a statement in the Legislative Assembly on behalf of the State government, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written to his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang asking for steps to nab the culprits responsible for the lynching and to punish them.
�In addition, the Chief Minister has asked the Nagaland government to ensure safety of life and property of people from Assam residing in Dimapur and other parts of Nagaland. The Chief Minister has also called upon the Union Home Minister to take necessary action with regard to the situation arising from the incident,� Hussain said.
He said the State government has also got in touch with the Union Home Secretary, the Nagaland Chief Secretary and the Nagaland Home Secretary at the bureaucratic level.
�The Chief Minister of Nagaland has assured that necessary inquiry will be conducted. Already, as per information, a judicial inquiry has been ordered,� Hussain said, adding that both the Chief Ministers have also spoken over the phone.
Hussain said that the State government has made arrangements to deal with any law-and-order situation that may arise here on account of the incident.
The government has ordered all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, Commissioners of Division, Assam Police Range DIGS and other officials to take necessary measures.
Police has been ordered to ensure safety of Naga residents and their property in Assam, including students residing in Guwahati and also transit passengers.
Hussain called upon all organisations in the State to maintain peace.
Earlier, as soon as the Assembly session began this morning, Opposition MLAs, led by AIUDF members, called upon the State government to take steps to ensure safety of Assamese people residing in Nagaland and for arrest and punishment of culprits responsible for the lynching.
AIUDF MLA Abdur Rahim Khan called upon the House to condemn the killing and said, �PB Acharya is holding charge as Governor of both the States. What has he done with regard to this incident?�
AGP�s Keshab Mahanta said, �We have no security with regard to Nagaland, neither at border nor at jails.�