Commission of inquiry constituted into Sualkuchi i



Guwahati: Assam government has constituted a one-man commission of inquiry to inquire into the incidents of violence at the silk town of Sualkuchi on March 29-30 during which several persons were injured in clashes between police and protestors.

The commission, headed by Justice (Retd) S K Kar, "will ascertain the root causes leading to the violence at Sualkuchi and also ascertain the facts of procurement and selling of Benarasi silk clothes under the banner of Sualkuchi silk/Assam silk and misleading the people at large", an official statement said today.



"It (commission) will also identify individuals and/or organisations responsible for such activities and fix responsibility. The commission will also determine lapses, if any, on the part of any organisation/department/ administration to properly address the issue leading to the escalation of tension and violence in the area," it said.

The commission will also give recommendations for addressing the critical issues of Sualkuchi silk weavers and remedial course of action.

It will submit its report within six months. Sualkuchi had witnessed major violence on March 29-30 with anti-artificial silk protesters burning clothes from shops and pelting stones at security personnel, who retaliated by firing.

Curfew was imposed in the town for two days and the Army was called in to control the situation.

Taking cognizance of media reports regarding police firing and lathi-charge on protestors in Sualkuchi, the Assam Human Rights Commission had on April 4 issued notice to the state Chief Secretary for conducting an inquiry into the incident.

PTI