TANGLA: The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) on Tuesday observed ‘Black Day’ on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the horrific Nellie massacre and made a fervent appeal to the Assam government for making the ND Tiwari Commission report on the killings public.
The ND Tiwari commission enquired into the matter and handed a 600-page report to the erstwhile Hiteswar Saikia government in May 1984. The report has since been lying buried in the piles of government files and is yet to be made public.
AAMSU president Rezaul Karim Sarkar criticized the government for ‘not showing the courage to make public the findings of the Tiwari commission’. “Why is the government not showing genuine interest to make the report public? What is the mystery buried in those pages of the report?” he said.
AAMSU advisor Azizur Rahman alleged that justice had been denied to the riot victims for more than three decades because most of them were religious and linguistic minorities. The victim families were deprived of government jobs and proper compensation. “It is the darkest day in the history of Assam,” he said.
AAMSU general secretary Abdur Rahman Biswas said the students’ body demanded compensation for the victims’ families and justice to the kith and kin of the victims as the killers of the innocent people were still at large. Biswas also exhorted the government to give due recognition to the victims as martyrs of the Assam Movement, adding that the students’ body was determined to take on democratic protests till the perpetrators of the heinous crimes were brought to book.