BSS demands action against Muslim fundamentalist operatives in BTC
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, April 25: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), a literary body of the Bodos, demanded of the Government of India to take stern action against the Muslim fundamentalist organizations operating in BTC region of Assam before the situation takes an ugly turn. The Sabha submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister Rajth Singh on Monday via e-mail demanding action against the fundamentalist operatives in the region.
At a press meet held at RN Brahma Memorial Bhavan on Monday, the president of the BSS, Dr. Kameswar Brahma said some Muslim fundamentalist organizations like Al-Qaeda, JMB and MULTA had been active in Assam, particularly in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas since some years back and caused terror among the indigenous people living within the council. These organizations had been trying to destabilize the social fabric by creating commul violence among different communities and religious groups, he said, adding that the Sabha was apprehensive about the aftermath of such social unrest being created by the fundamentalist organizations and the BSS had apprised the Government of India through a memorandum submitted after staging a mass dhar in New Delhi on November 26, 2014.
Brahma said that it was a matter of regret that no prompt action was taken up by the Centre in this regard. He said proving their apprehension as correct, the jihadi activities by the fundamentalist Muslim groups had been growing alarmingly recently in Assam, particularly in the BTC region. For instance, as many as seven jihadi operatives belonged to JMB, including one Imam of Rajapara Jamme Masjid, Joyl Abedin were arrested in Amguri area of Chirang district under BTC by the security forces on April 21 while taking shelter in the masjid, the memorandum stated. Again on April 23, a jihadist med Abdur Rouf belonging to a newly-floated jihadi organization-Muslim United Liberation Tiger Force of Assam (MULTFA) was arrested at Mankachar near Dakshin Salmara under Dhubri district of Assam. According to sources, Rouf had undergone arms training in Bangladesh and very recently he was indulging in extortion bid among the local businessmen.
The BSS said the overall situation in Assam and BTC, so far as the jihadi operatives were concerned, was such that the jihadi elements could create commul violence at any moment in the days to come, thereby destabilizing the social peace and commul harmony among the people living in the region, unless the fundamentalists elements were dealt with firm hands. The Sabha has strongly demanded all precautiory measures to crack down the fundamentalist operatives as early as possible.
The BSS also expressed doubt on correct NRC data. The leaders of the BSS said doubtful citizens were reportedly submitting fake certificates in the NRC form where a section of lawyers were hands-in-glove with them. The Sabha demanded that there should be proper scrutiny of the papers submitted by the suspected Bangaldeshi tiols. They further said the Government of India must keep strict vigil on the activities of madrassas.
The press meet was also attended by the general secretary of the BSS, Kamala Kanta Mashahary, vice president-Biseswar Basumatary, secretary Rajendrath Brahma and others.