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We forewarned about radical outfits: APW


MONALISA GOGOI | Guwahati, August 9, 2012 16:53
Tags : Bodoland Territorial Areas | Muslim radical outfits | BTAD | |

We forewarned about radical outfits: APWAs the Centre identified 14 radical outfits that may have played an active role in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) violence, Assam Public Works, a social organisation, has said that it had in 2006 warned about the existence of such fundamentalist organisations active in the state, but there was no reaction from the government.

“We had revealed the number of Muslim radical organisations in 2006 and the government too had not denied their existence. The government at that time did not disclose this thing in public,” Avijit Sarma, president of Assam Public Works.

“The violence in BTAD is not between Muslims and Bodos, but between indigenous people and illegal migrants,” he added.

Spokesperson for the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) said fundamentalist organizations have instigated the Muslims in the region.

“Fundamentalist organizations have instigated the Muslims in the region. As the border with Bangladesh is not sealed, illegal migrants are entering in the BTAD areas everyday,” Prabin Bodo, BFP spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary said that the migrants who had come to BTAD after 2003 will be treated as illegal.

At least 70 have been killed in the clashes between Bodos and Muslims in BTAD and Dhubri district in the last two weeks. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has described the situation as akin to a volcano.

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