GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � Members of the Forum for Terrorist Victim Families, Assam staged an eight-hour fast since 8 am of January 26 at the Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra in the city in protest against the failure of the Government to respond to their pleas within the stipulated time of January 20.
The Forum had sent memorandums to the Chief Minister, Prime Minister, Home Minister and chairperson of UPA on November 15 last calling for judicial inquiries into the incidents of terrorist killings and punishment to the guilty, compensation to the victims� families and absorption of their eligible persons in government jobs, among others.
President of the Forum Brajen Hazarika told this correspondent that his organization was founded on August 8 last year. Over 500 families, victims of terrorism in the State are associated with it. Efforts are on to unite the other victims� families under the banner of the organization, he said.
For the past three decades, the families of the victims of terrorism were awaiting for government steps to redress their grievances. This has compelled them to unite under a single banner, said Hazarika, son of freedom fighter the late Muhiram Hazarika of Bihpuria in Lakhimpur district. Hazarika had lost two of his brothers in two separate incidents of terrorist violence in December, 1990 and February, 1991.