AGP demands white paper on Assam violence

Opposition Asom Gana Parishad on Thursday charged the Assam government with failing to curb violence in lower Assam districts.

Guwahati: Opposition Asom Gana Parishad on Thursday charged the Assam government with failing to curb violence in lower Assam districts and demanded a white paper on the recent incidents.

"The government should release a white paper on the violence. It should look at all aspect including involvement of politicians, if any, in the clashes," AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said here.

"While the government has been claiming for long that security situation is improving, we have witnessed new incidents in Baksa and Kamrup Rural districts since yesterday. This shows the total failure of the state government on the law and order front," he said.

Mahanta blamed the government for not forming peace committees in the trouble-torn areas and termed as "political immaturity" the delay in holding an all-party meeting.

On being asked if the AGP would attend the all-party meet called by the Chief Minister tomorrow, Mahanta refused to make any comment.

He also blamed "some political forces" for inciting passion but refused to name them.

"Non-implementation of the Assam Accord and failure to detect and deport the illegal immigrants are the main reasons for the present crisis.

The fate of Assam`s indigenous people is being sacrificed for political expediency," Mahanta said.

"We had assumed that as a Rajya Sabha member from Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will take steps to implement the accord. But he has not done anything," he said.

Mahanta also alleged that the Congress government had
facilitated the release of ISI agents arrested in Assam during the previous AGP regime of 1996-2001.

Calling upon the Centre to assure safety of students and professionals from Assam in other states, Mahanta said two AGP MPs in Rajya Sabha, Kumar Deepak Das and Birendra Prasad Baishya, met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Railway Minister Mukul Roy in this regard.

He urged the Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to take action to ensure safety of the students and professionals.

The AGP chief also announced a series of agitations to protest against the law and order situation in the state and what they described as "harassment" of people from the North East in other states.

The party workers, he said, would hold a demonstration in front of the Raj Bhavan here on August 18. On August 21, the protest venue would shift to New Delhi where party workers will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar.


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