TNN | Aug 31, 2012, 03.41AM IST
GUWAHATI/KOKRAJHAR: On a day Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi put an end to Bodos’ biggest fear — infiltration by illegal Bangladeshi immigrants during rehabilitation — by announcing that only those Indian Muslims who fled Bodoland during the clashes would be settled in Bodoland Territorial Council area, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary met Muslim leaders to take forward the rehab process jointly initiated by the Assam government and BTC.
“They (Bodos) feared that illegal migrants would sneak into BTC area when rehabilitation starts. Only those with documents (of land ownership) will be re-settled. There will be assessment of land records for rehabilitation. There’s no room for illegal migrants,” Gogoi said. His announcement came after the state government and BTC arrived at a consensus on Wednesday to allow the return of only those Bengali-speaking Muslims who own land in BTC area.
The Bodos have also been expressing concern that not all Bengali-speaking Muslims in relief camps were displaced from BTC area. Gogoi said, “Only the genuinely displaced people will be rehabilitated.”
BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary met Muslim leaders in a bid to instill confidence among the panic-stricken people of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District. He also met local Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) workers belonging to both Bodo and Muslim communities in Fakiragram and Gossaigaon.
Mohilary was accompanied by Kokrajhar BPF leaders, central executive member Baktar Ali Ahmed, assistant 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 people affected by ethnic violence that saw four lakh people displaced within a week. Saying that such a situation cannot be allowed to continue, Mohilary appealed to leaders of both the communities to stop the violence.
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 Muslims in BTC area had voted for BPF, headed by Mohilary. The BPF is also a ruling coalition partner in Assam.
courtesy: Times Now, 31 August 2012, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Only-Indian-Muslims-will-get-rehabilitation-Tarun-Gogoi/articleshow/16030778.cms