NEW DELHI, Nov 27 � The hasty and unplanned action of Assam Government in shifting the displaced persons from relief camps without consulting the Bodo leadership led to the second round of violence in BTAD areas.
Several Bodo leaders, who were part of the sit-in demonstration held here today and organized by Coordination Committee Indigenous Tribal National Organisations (CCITNO), blamed the Tarun Gogoi government for ignoring the ground realities.
Union Home Minister SK Shinde, through the Deputy Commissioner furnished us a list of 12,000 families to be re-settled after proper verifications. But even as the process was going on, the Tarun Gogoi government dispersed the inmates of the relief camps all-over the BTAD areas, triggering tension at the local level, a senior Bodo leader and former MLA told this newspaper.
�We had reservations over the first list, because only about 4,000-odd families had proper documents, while the others had no papers,� he alleged.
The second round of violence in BTAD areas soured the relations between the Congress Party and BPF. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has claimed that over 4 lakh displaced persons living in the relief camps were resettled in their villages.
Meanwhile, in a major show of force, CCITNO staged a demonstration and submitted a 12-point of charter of demands calling for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants on the basis of Assam Accord, halt to rehabilitation of illegal immigrants in BTAD areas, protection of tribal belts, seizure of illegal arms not only in BTAD areas but also from elsewhere in the State.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs M Ramachandran said that an estimated 37,256 number of persons were still staying in 68 relief camps in BTAD areas.
According to report, 340 relief camps were set up by Assam Government during the violence, in which 4,85,921 persons took shelter. A verification process was undertaken by the State Government for rehabilitation of affected families.
As on November 26, 4,48,665 persons returned from relief camps to native villages and 272 camps were closed.
During the last four months 20 Bangladeshi illegal infiltrators were caught and repatriated, the Minister said.