District administration faces flak for 'failing' to act against Moran Tiger Force
From our Correspondent
DIGBOI, February 4: “We have asked the Tinsukia district administration several times to b the fake and illegal Moran Tiger Force, but it has failed miserably to act promptly and come out with the desired output,” said Arun Jyoti Moran, president All Assam Moran Students’ Union (AAMSU) on Thursday during the 48-hour Assam bandh called by AAMSU.
He alleged that there was a political conspiracy behind the formation of Moran Tiger Force to widen the gulf between the tea tribe and Moran community. Referring to the twin firing incident at Digboi and Doomdooma, Moran categorically said that the district administration must identify the miscreants and deal with them with a strong hand.
“Moran Tiger Force does not necessary imply the Moran community, it may be a politically designed organization by vested interest group to defame the community,” he added.
However, according to Pawan Moran, the president of Digboi Unit of AAMSU and Saral Moran, the office secretary of AAMSU central committee, the organization had called the 48-hour Assam bandh to demand ST status for the six indigenous communities and to protest against the indifferent attitude of the State and Central governments.
Meanwhile, the Moran student body urged the people and organizations across the State to cooperate with them, thus exercising pressure on the Central Government. Agitators in Digboi burnt tyres on the road and shouted slogans against the Tarun Gogoi and rendra Modi governments. They demanded ST status before the Assam Assembly elections slated within a couple of months or else the movement would be intensified.
The bandh evoked mixed response in some of the pockets of Tinsukia district. Commercial establishments remained closed but private vehicles kept plying, some of the schools were open while government offices and banks remained closed or could not function smoothly. Refinery functioned smoothly. The bandh also hit normal life at Pengaree, Bordumsa, Margherita, Doomdooma, Makum and Tinsukia.
However, an effort was made by district administration this afternoon to sit formally with the representatives of the Moran and tea tribe communities to resolve the deadlock created by the untraced and fake Moran Tiger Force. The meeting could not materialize as the representatives of the tea tribe community did not turn up.
Meanwhile, the district administration has urged all concerned to maintain peace and work together in harmony, assuring to initiate immediate steps to b the fake organization that claimed responsibility for the twin firing on Wednesday night and to bring the culprits to book.