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Gogoi orders judicial inquiry into Assam violence

Updated: August 11, 2012, 6:28 PM IST
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Gogoi orders judicial inquiry into Assam violence
Chief Minsiter Tarun Gogoi said no fresh incidents have been reported from any place since the past 24 hours.

Guwahati: A judicial inquiry will be held to probe the Bodo-minority violence in lower Assam even as CBI has taken up seven cases related to the clashes that have claimed 77 lives so far.

"We have decided on a judicial inquiry. This will be done at a much larger scale and cover the entire gamut of issues, including lapses by administration and recommendations for preventing such incidents in future," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati on Saturday.

His announcement came a few hours after the state police said CBI will investigate seven cases related to the violence, which started on July 19-20 and have displaced over four lakh people. However, the details of the judicial inquiry was not divulged.

Gogoi said no fresh incidents have been reported from any place since the past 24 hours.

"We have formed peace committees in the violence hit areas to ensure that confidence return to the people," he said adding and an all party meeting would be organised soon to coordinate relief and rehabilitation work.

The chief minister said 1.6 lakh people displaced in the conflict have returned to their homes from refugee camps.

"We have already closed down 101 camps. Our effort is to send back the rest of the camp inmates back to their respective homes."

Gogoi denied allegations by some parties that formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council(BTC) had led to mistrust and enmity among Bodos and non-Bodos in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

"There were more violent clashes and more deaths before BTAD was formed," he said.

Gogoi charged opposition AGP and BJP with playing politics and said his government had done its best to prevent illegal immigration from Bangladesh. Border patrolling had been intensified, strengthening riverine policing strengthened and floodlights erected on Indo-Bangla border.

Refuting the opposition charge that illegal immigrants were behind the clashes, he shot back saying "If there are any foreigners they (AGP and BJP) should prove it. The statement made by them are false."

There are no illegal infiltrators in the camps for displaced persons of the ethnic violence, he said.

On the charge made by BJP leader LK Advani over inaction in updating National Register of Citizens, the chief minister said "It is my government who initiated measures to update the NRC. When Advaniji was union home minister he never spoke on the issue."

"They (AGP and BJP) have no interest in deporting foreigners. What did they do when they were in power," he asked and added no other government (in Assam) had taken as much effort as his to stop infiltration.

Police station-level committees had been constituted for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants. But nobody comes forward to identify foreigners," he said.

Meanwhile, Assam IGP (Law & Order) LR Bishnoi told PTI that CBI will hear preliminary investigation of seven cases related to the violence. Of them four cases are from Kokrajhar, two from Chirang and one from Dhubri.

The decision to take up the seven cases was decided after a visit to the violence-hit areas by a two-member CBI team comprising the central agency's Special Director K Saleem Ali and Deputy Inspector General Satish Golcha on Friday.

First Published: August 11, 2012, 6:28 PM IST
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