[Assam] It will be a public service if Assam Tribune reports fully how the Assam MP’s motion on the issue was ‘killed off’ at the behest of mainly Bihar MPs; printing the transcript of the relevant Lok Sabha proceedings. AT dare not do it perhaps!

Bartta Bistar barttabistar at googlemail.com
Fri May 18 01:30:49 PDT 2007


AGP MPs blame Army for instigating clashes

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=may1807/at06
By Ron Duarah
 DIBRUGARH, May 17 – Lok Sabha today was startled by the Zero Hour mentions
by MPs Dr Arun Kumar Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal that it was some Army
officials who were fomenting communal hatred, leading to group clashes at
Doomdooma last Sunday, ending in the death of seven people. The two MPs
demanded an adjournment motion over the issue, but was rejected by the Lok
Sabha Speaker. They then rose to speak during Zero Hour, where they accused
certain Army officials of instigating the clashes. They also said the Assam
government has "totally and miserably failed" to handle the situation and
demanded Central action to maintain law and order in the state. The MPs said
the highway blockade was "largely attended, spontaneous and a democratic
protest against security high handedness during counter insurgency
operations in Assam." They also called on the Centre to immediately resume
the process of peace talks with the militant ULFA.

Dr Sarma and Sonowal stated in a press note that the killing of Buddheswar
Moran on May 5 led to a week long highway blockade at Doomdooma and falling
victim to "mismanagement and chaotic handling of the situation by the police
and civil officials, leading to the death of seven more innocents."

Sonowal, later speaking to this correspondent today, said: "The Army has
made it a habit of killing innocents and later apologizing." He cited the
cases of Ajit Moran, six-year-old child Debojit Moran and lately, Buddheswar
Moran, to justify his comment. Three days after Buddheswar Moran was killed
in cold blood, the General Office Commanding of the Dinjan-based Dah
Division of the Army, Major General N C Marwah told newsmen at Tinsukia that
his killing "was unfortunate", and that an internal inquiry will be
instituted to find out the facts. He assured the Army inquiry to be swift
and impartial.

With thousands of the civilian population sloganeering that Buddheswar Moran
was not a militant, the Army has found itself in a spot. One piece of
information that is emanating from Doomdooma is that the Army has lately
obtained a document signed by some residents of Buddheswar Moran's native
village, Bishnupur (12 kms from Doomdooma town), certifying that he was hand
in glove with the militants. Of course, leaders of various groups, including
PCPIA, AASU, AJYCP and others say this is not correct, and that the
villagers may have signed under duress. With such contradictory versions
abounding, it is difficult to find out the truth, as of now. One hopes the
Army's own internal inquiry would unravel the truth and make this
information public, instead of having it filed away as "classified" or under
some provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or the Disturbed
Areas Act, whereby civilian transgression into security matters is frowned
upon.
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