Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday warned stern action against those involved in the massacre of five Bengali Hindu in Tinsukia district of eastern Assam on Thursday evening and said that the Government will also take action against a section of people, organisations and public representatives who made inflammatory statements in the past that led to the incident on Thursday.
Three Ministers of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal led Assam cabinet visited the place of occurrence on Friday and interacted with the people to assure security to them. The Government have also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and Government jobs to the next keen of the victims’ family.
“We will take strongest action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. I have directed all law enforcing agencies to maintain peace and take stern action against anybody trying to destabilise our peaceful society and State,” Sonowal tweeted on Friday.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly attack on innocent people at Sadiya. My hearfelt condolence to the family members of those who have lost their lives Sonowal tweeted on Friday. “My police department has started taking action against the culprits involved in the killing,” said Sonowal in another tweet on Friday.
“Some individuals, organizations, a section of media, social media and inflammatory statements by a section of peoples’ representatives have led to the situation yesterday. We appeal all to maintain restrain or we will be forced to take action against them,” Sonowal said.
Interestingly, the anti-talk faction of Ulfa, who the police had suspected to be behind the incident, denied their involvement in the incident on Friday.
Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia refused to name any particular outfit behind the incident on Friday and only said that the police have started the investigation to bring the culprits to the book. “Our first job is to instill a sense of security among the people living here and we are doing that. I hope that police will arrest the culprits soon,” said the DGP.
In another development, police in Assam’s capital town Guwahati have arrested Mrinal Hazarika, a senior leader of the pro-talk faction of Ulfa for allegedly making inflammatory statements against a particular community a few days back.
Police said that Hazarika while speaking against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill recently had threatened the Bengali Hindus of dire consequences.
It may be mentioned here that Assam has been witnessing severe protests over the BJP led Government’s move to pass in the parliament the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016—a constitutional amendment bill that seeks to grant citizenship to persecuted minority communities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. While several organizations including the indigenous communities are opposing the Bill, some of the Hindu Bengali organizations are supporting the Bill. Several Hindu Bengali organization had also planned to organize a rally in support of the Bill on November 17, to which, however the BJP led Assam Government denied permission.