KOKRAJHAR, Aug 18: While appreciating all the peace loving people of Assam working on restoring peace and harmony among the panic stricken people of riot hit districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri in western Assam, Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples North East zone (ICITP-NEZ) expressed shock to see the spreading of violence to Baksa and Kamrup districts on Thursday and also over the action of the police on the innocent people.
In a press statement, the President of the ICITP, Jebra Ram Mashahary and General Secretary, Sanmoni Khemprai said all the Indigenous Peoples of North East should remain vigilant and united to defy the ugly deep rooted conspiracies of external agents to destabilize the Northeastern States and from harming the Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast India.
As reported by the villager of Gossaigaon under Kaurbaha Police outpost in Baksa district, a car was set ablaze at Gandhibari in Baksa district on Wednesday night and its driver, Sahidul Hussain, has been missing since then. After the news reached Rangiya, angry local Muslim blocked NH-31 at Udiana Chowk under Rangiya police station since early morning to protest against the incident. A group of hostile Muslim people torched as many as 20 vehicles at Rangiya area in Kamrup (Rural) district including a wooden bridge at Kekahati. The mob also tried to attack the vehicle of Rangiya SDO, Barnali Deka, forcing the police to use tear gas and fire in the air to disperse the crowd, the sources said, adding Deka was safe. The Army staged a flag march at Rangiya area after the incidents, the sources said, adding top district officials are also camping there. The situation was officially declared as “tense but under control” Kamrup (rural) district.
Meanwhile, the ICITP reiterated that the SDPO of Tamulpur Police station Samad Hussain is an anti-tribal and a communal police officer with full of biasness who called the villagers of nearby villages including Gossaigaon to gather near the spot of the incident at Gossaigaon at 2: 30 pm for maintenance of peace and while the villagers turned up he rounded up the male villagers and randomly picked up the following 65 villagers and tried to forcefully take them to Tamulpur PS.
Mashahary said seeing the arbitrary arrest of the villagers and rowdy behavior of the SDPO, the women folks of the Gossaigaon and Thaigirguri tried to protest against the police’s action at the village centre point called “Thaigirkhari Chowk” at 3: 00 pm while the SDPO ordered for unprovoked fire at the crowd wounding the injuring nine of them and also fired at all the four tires of an Alto Car bearing number AS 01 AY 5489 belonging to Kameswar Basumatary of village Taigirkhari and vandalized the ABSU unit office of Taigirkhari.Further, having received the arbitrary arrest of the innocent villagers of Gossaigaon the Indigenous leaders of the local civil societies and students organizations including Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM), Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU), All Rabha Students’ Union (ARSU), Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Boro-Sahitya Sabha (BSS) approached the Tamulpur SP Bir Bikram Gogoi and the SDPO in the Tamulpur PS to request them to release the innocent villagers but unfortunately the SP not only misbehaved with the local leaders but also uttered provocative unconstitutional abusive languages and ordered for unprovoked fire at them at about 6:30 pm injuring the injuring 14 persons.
Mashahary said they were also informed by the local villagers that 6 motorbikes and four bi-cycles from the village Gossaigaon were taken away by the police who are not returned to the owners. However, after intervention from the State government’s two visiting ministers Nilomonisen Deka and Chandan Brahma in Tamulpur, 55 arrested people were released on Saturday afternoon while 10 of the villagers are yet to be released.
The ICITP strongly condemned the act of violence and demand stringent actions against the perpetrators of this nasty design of spreading hatred and indulging in more violence in Assam.
“We also strongly demand to take appropriate disciplinary action against the rowdy, communal irresponsible police officers involved in the arbitrary arrest, torture and atrocities on the innocent peoples injuring in civil society’s collective initiative in confidence rebuilding in the present volatile situation in Assam. We also demand appropriate compensation to the injured victims of the police atrocities and appeal to all sections of the people to collectively contribute in restoring peace and harmony in the riot-hit areas of Assam for the best interest of the bonafide citizen of the State” ,they said.
Courtesy: The Sentinel, 19 August 2012 <http://www.sentinelassam.com/state1/story.php?sec=2&subsec=2&id=128645&dtP=2012-08-19&ppr=1#128645>