Assam minister appears before panel probing 2008 riots
Guwahati: A senior Assam minister accused
of being involved in the 2008 communal violence in the state
today pleaded innocence before a probe panel.
Fishery and Minority Development Minister Nurzamal
Sarcar appeared before P C Phukan probe panel constituted by
the government after the communal violence had rocked the twin
districts of Darrang and Udalguri last year, claiming 58
lives. Unofficially the death toll was more than one hundred.
According to official sources, the minister pleaded
innocence and claimed that he did not know any leader of the
Muslim United Students Association (MUSA), a body which has
been accused of involved in the clash with the Bodos.
Sarcar appeared before the Commission on its second call
after he failed to appear on October nine.
The next hearing of the Commission is slated for October
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