Probe fundamentalists` role in Meghalaya ethnic clashes: BJP
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 18:41
Shillong: The Meghalaya BJP on Thursday slammed the state government for its alleged failure to resolve the ethnic tensions that erupt along the Assam-Meghalaya border and sought an inquiry into the reports about the involvement of fundamentalists groups in the recent flare-up.

"There are reports that fundamentalist groups had a hand in the ethnic clashes. The government should inquire into the matter," party's state unit general secretary Dipayan Chakraborty said.

He said "people from outside should not be allowed to take advantage of such situations. They will continue to take advantage till such conflicts within the country exists."

Alleging that the government of Assam and Meghalaya had no "control" over the disturbances along the border areas, the BJP also accused the Congress of trying to cover up its alleged failure by resorting to a blame game.

Referring to an FIR lodged against Assam BJP MP Bijoya Chakraborty for allegedly trying to incite communal tension during the recent clashes, the BJP said, "she as an elected representative has every right to visit the disturbed places."

"By blaming the opposition parties like BJP and NCP, the Congress is trying to cover its failure to control the situation. Even when NCP MP Agatha Sangma had visited the riot-hit areas, the Congress had lashed out at her," he said.

The BJP also demanded that immediate compensation should be given to the riot-hit victims.


First Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 18:41

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