Within a span of two-and-a-half months, three incidents of attack on indigenous people by people of suspected nationality were witnessed. The latest incident occurred a few days back in Jamugurihat where some people of suspected nationality attacked our peasant brothers. The well organized mob launched an assault when indigenous farmers protested against their presence in that area. Even the district administration and the police failed to scare the mob as seen in the video footages aired by our local news channels. Do they have the blessings of some higher ups? Is it another attempt to grab our farmlands? Already we have witnessed how Sanatan Deka of Hajo was murdered by a group of goons when he was on the way to do business in the market. Is it a well orchestrated game plan to deprive khilongiyas (indigenous people) from bazaar and farmlands? Nothing can be ruled out. Our State is blessed with over jatiyotabadi dols/sangathans that are vocal throughout 365 days over one or the other issues. But in this case all are silent. The peasants body KMSS pretend itself to be the guardians of Asomiyas and protector and saviour of the peasants. It is maintaining a deafening silence purposefully. They are simply protesting on the streets demanding release of self-styled Godman of peasants, Akhil Gogoi. No one should be surprised if tomorrow the KMSS starts their favourite practice of andulon (protest) against the district administration, police for evicting the illegal settlers of suspected nationalities. People will recall how Akhil Gogoi and company launched violent protest when same breed of illegal occupants were evicted by the government from the famous Kaziranga National Park. Another organization of students, the AASU is keeping their mouths sealed. Perhaps they are waiting for some larger incidents to happen so that they can jump over and fire all their cylinders over the government. The forthcoming Assembly elections might be another reason for a few leaders of these dols/sangathans to remain mute and ignore the latest Jamugurihat incident, as they fear offending a particular community at this juncture would affect their poll prospect.
Lanu Dutta Chowdhury,