By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 3: The All India Muslim Majlis-E-Mushawarat (AIMMM), an umbrella body of the Indian Muslim organizations refuted the idea that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are behind the carnage in BTAD areas of Assam.
Speaking to mediapersons today, President of AIMMM, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, who is on a four day visit to the State to assess the situation in BTAD areas said, “It is a clear failure on the part of BTC and State Government in anticipation and control of the situation which led to nearly 3 lakhs people, mostly Muslims, being homeless and setting up of 300 refugee camps in BTC areas as well as in Dhubri.”
He further said, “The media and other circles are trying to turn this carnage into an issue of illegal immigration, which is entirely false.”
Accusing Bodo armed gangs of systematically attacking Muslim villages, Khan said, “ The Bodo armed gangs have attacked Muslim villages, indulged in random killings and firing innocent Muslims who were not armed like other ethnic groups in the area.” He said that a delegation led by him toured the BTC areas, Dhubri as well as a few camps in Chirang and met representatives of Bodo and BTC. Khan said that during their visit to the relief camps, they found that the camps were without adequate security and sufficient rations. Proper lists of the dislodged have also not been prepared.
The delegation also interacted with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Abdul Muhid Mazumdar, chairman of Assam State Commission for Minorities and demanded an early repartriation of the displaced people. They further demanded adequate compensation to all affected, quick rehabilitation of all displaced people by arranging their speedy return to their original places, adequate security to the victims in camps who want to return to their homes, seizure of illegal arms and institution of a high level judicial enquiry to find the causes of the violence leading to displacement and murder of such large number of people in BTC areas, and punishment of the guilty.