FROM OUR Correspondent
Silchar, Nov 18: There seems to have no end to miseries of the people who have been languishing in the detention camps. There are a large number of cases with the Foreigners’ Tribul and almost all of them belong to the lower strata of the society. In such a situation, it becomes difficult for this poor, poverty stricken and fincially backward people to come for hearing, bear the expenses and eat two square meals a day. This matter has been stated in a letter addressed to Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Assam, when he was on a visit to Barak Valley.
Members of a number of civic bodies, Citizens’ Rights Protection Committee, Assam, garikatwa Suraksha Sangram Committee, Silchar, All Cachar-Karimganj-Hailakandi Students Association (ACKHSA), Intertiol Human Rights Commission, Assam, Assam garik Mancha and Youth Against Social Evils (YASE), have requested the Governor to consider the matter in the letter. They also stated that labelling people as ‘foreigners’ without valid reasons are not acceptable. They requested the authorities concerned to provide legal aid and assistance to these destitute persons.
The members of these civic bodies stated that poor and common people have fears for their future. They said that the decisions of the Select Committee should be cancelled. In addition to this, they have requested the Governor to see if anything can be done in ming those 11 martyrs of May 19, 1961 as martyrs or language. Persons who have laid down their life in Assam Andolan have been declared as martyrs. It has been requested that unnecessary harassment of those languishing in detention camp should be stopped and the authorities concerned should probe into the matter.