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Government to institute judicial probe into BTAD violence

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Guwahati. The Assam government has decided to institute a judicial inquiry to probe into the sudden eruption of violence in the BTAD.

The decision to institute a judicial inquiry was taken at a security meeting held in Dispur on May 5 , which was attended by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and top officials of the State Home Department and the Assam Police.

Later, talking to reporters, Chief Minister Gogoi said instituting the judicial inquiry would help unravel the conspiracy angle, if any, behind the BTAD violence and bring the culprits to book.

Gogoi said that the State government, which had already moved the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe into the incidents, would leave no stone unturned to unearth the truth behind the incidents. “NIA inquiry doesn’t look into other angles, except the terror angle, but the judicial inquiry will deal with political angle, lapses of the government, conspiracy, if any, and other issues,” he said, adding, “We don’t want to hide anything.”

Several organisations in the State have alleged the involvement of the BPF, which is in alliance with the ruling Congress in the State, in the BTAD violence and demanded the arrest of its MLA Pramila Rani Brahma for her controversial statement.

On the demand of some BTAD–based groups for firearms from the government for self–defence, Gogoi said that the government would not provide firearms to the people affected by violence in the BTAD areas. He said this while refuting news reports in a section of print and electronic media that the government would issue firearms to the people affected by violence in the BTAD areas.

“The government has not taken any decision in this regard,” said the Chief Minister, adding, “Government will provide security cover to the people in the vulnerable areas by increasing the number of police pickets and outposts, formation of peace committees, and by taking up other security measures.”

He further said, “If some people seek firearms licence, then it can be given through normal procedures,” adding, “If the people there can form defence groups like village defence parties, they will be supported by police.”

Blaming the NDFB (S) group for the current BTAD violence, Gogoi said, “Nobody will be spared.”

When asked whether the Congress would continue its alliance with the BPF if it’s probed guilty, Gogoi said, “Then the alliance will be broken within 5 minutes.”

“There are no Bangladeshis in BTAD,chief minister claimed. He also said that he would be visiting the violence–hit areas of the BTAD on May 7.

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