Simang Daimary, TNN Aug 31, 2012, 07.35AM IST
KOKRAJHAR: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary on Thursday met Muslim leaders to take forward the process of rehabilitating displaced persons jointly initiated by the Assam government and the BTC on Wednesday.
In a bid to instill confidence among the grip-stricken people of the BTAD, Mohilary also met local Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) workers, belonging to both Bodo and Muslim communities in Fakiragram and Gossaigaon on Thursday.
Mohilary was accompanied by Kokrajhar district BPF leaders, central executive member Baktar Ali Ahmed, asst Bodo professor of Bodoland University Dr Ismail Hussain, Md Abdus Samad Sheikh, Nur Islam Poramanik, Md Jannan Sarkar, Md M R Mollah and other senior citizens of the Muslim community of Kokrajhar district.
Sources said the initiative will instill confidence among the people affected by the ethnic violence that saw four lakh people displaced within the span of a week. Saying that such a situation cannot be allowed to go on, the BTC chief appealed to the leaders of both the communities to do everything they can to stop the violence and spread the message of peace in their respective communities.
Dildar Hussain, a Muslim youth said, “The people are happy that the BTC chief personally interacted with minority community leaders after the violence to know what measures should be taken according to them. It is indeed a good sign and a good beginning as one should also discuss with the affected people what they want from the BTC administration.”
Interestingly, majority of the Muslims in BTC area had voted for BPF, headed by Mohilary. The BPF is also a coalition partner of Congress in the state government.
On Wednesday, Mohilary met the Group of Ministers headed by labour minister Prithvi Majhi at Kokrajhar circuit house and discussed ways to make the rehabilitation of the displaced people a success by involving the BTC officials in identifying the people with land pattas and names in the voters’ list.
Begum Akhtara, a senior leader of BPF, who has been relentlessly visiting the affected people in the three districts of Baksa, Chirang and Kokrajhar, said, “Hundreds of people came to meet Hagrama Mohilary and listen to what he said. Of all the statements made on the return of displaced people, only what Mohilary said sounded genuine. We have the feeling that a leader of the stature of Mohilary is going to help the affected people return to their homes.”
Courtesy: Times of India, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08-31/guwahati/33520423_1_hagrama-mohilary-bpf-btc