AMUTA expresses concern over violence in Assam

The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers` Association (AMUTA) has expressed "serious concern" over the ongoing ethnic violence in Assam.

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2012, 14:50 PM IST

Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers` Association (AMUTA) has expressed "serious concern" over the ongoing ethnic violence in Assam.

"A grave humanitarian crisis has now developed in Assam and the entire nation will have to recognise this fact and act accordingly," the AMUTA said.

A special meeting of the AMUTA Executive Committee today passed a resolution stating that "the cocktail of tribal-ethnic-minority rights and allegations of infiltration of Bangladeshi refugees have created a massive unrest where everyone is aggrieved but only the poor and destitute are the victims," AMUTA Secretary, Prof Mustafa Zaidi said.

Zaidi said that if the Assam government fails to provide immediate assistance to all displaced persons and starts making arrangements for their safe return to their original place of residence, then it will have to face the charge of "abetment in ethnic cleansing".

The AMU teachers have also called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to initiate all necessary steps to tackle the situation, especially in view of the fact that he represents that state in the Rajya Sabha.

The AMUTA has issued an appeal to all varsity teachers to donate their one day`s salary to provide immediate assistance to the riot victims.

PTI