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'BJP wants another Godhra in Assam' - Rediff, India

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    BJP wants another Godhra in Assam G Vinayak in Guwahati | May 20, 2005 12:10 IST http://www.rediff.com/news/2005/may/20assam.htm Assam chief minister Tarun
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      'BJP wants another Godhra in Assam'
      G Vinayak in Guwahati | May 20, 2005 12:10 IST


      Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has blamed the
      Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata
      Party's Assam in-charge Pramod Mahajan for the recent
      exodus of Bangladeshi workers from certain parts of
      the state.

      At least 500 suspected Bangaldeshi nationals working
      on brick kilns and pulling rickshaws in Dibrugarh,
      upper Assam, left last week after a local nationalist
      group circulated leaflets and SMSes urging people not
      to employ them.

      Talking to media persons in Guwahati on Thursday,
      Gogoi said the brain behind the SMS threat was the

      He charged the BJP with trying to launch another
      Godhra in Assam.

      The chief minister's accusation has lent a political
      tint to the issue of Bangladeshi residents in the
      state, say observers.

      Gogoi went to the extent of saying that BJP's state
      chief Pramod Mahajan's Assam tours would be monitored
      by the government.

      He also rubbished a recent report by Governor Lt Gen
      (retd) Ajai Singh that said at least 6,000
      Bangladeshis enter Assam every day.

      Gogoi told Singh to prove his statement with factual

      Vigilance groups to stop harassment of 'genuine'
      Guwahati | May 18, 2005 1:43:10 PM IST


      Guwahati, May 18 : The Assam government Wednesday
      announced the formation of vigilance groups to prevent
      harassment of genuine Indians in the name of hounding
      suspected Bangladeshi nationals from the state.

      "The vigilance committees will comprise
      representatives of political parties, eminent
      citizens, police and members of social organisations
      to monitor the process of identification of suspected
      Bangladeshi migrants in each and every district of the
      state," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told IANS.

      The formation of the vigilance committees comes in the
      wake of reports of harassment of Indian citizens in
      the name of evicting illegal Bangladeshi settlers from

      Thousands of suspected Bangladeshi migrant workers
      have been fleeing Assam for the past week after an
      unidentified group distributed leaflets asking them to
      leave or face action.

      The group has been sending messages through mobile
      telephones and distributing handbills asking locals
      not to employ "illegal foreigners".

      On Tuesday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) joined the
      chorus of protest by giving an ultimatum to suspected
      Bangladeshi nationals to leave Assam by June 7.

      "We would not be responsible for any untoward
      incidents if they do not leave," the VHP warned in

      The All Assam Minority Students' Union (AAMSU), an
      influential students' group representing minority
      Muslim and non-Assamese speaking communities in the
      state, has also called for a 10-hour general strike in
      Assam on May 24 on the issue.

      "We have reports of harassment and torture on genuine
      Indians by unidentified persons in the name of driving
      away Bangladeshi nationals," AAMSU president N.U.
      Ahmed said.

      "The government should take immediate steps to prevent
      such acts as this could lead to communal tension in
      the region."

      Police in eastern Assam's Tinsukia district Tuesday
      arrested two people for assaulting some Bengali
      speaking road construction workers and forcing them to
      leave the state.

      "We later found that some of the workers who were
      assaulted possess residence proof certificates and
      were very much Indian citizens," a senior police
      official said.

      Most of the Bengali speaking workers were engaged by
      local contractors in brick kilns, road and building
      construction works. A large number of them also pull

      Assam shares a 272 km border with Bangladesh, a vast
      stretch remaining unfenced, with India often claiming
      that large scale infiltration from across the border
      was threatening the region's demographic profile.

      Dhaka denies charges of illegal infiltration of their
      citizens into India.


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