NDFB killings: Assam erupts in protest, anger

Diff organisations condemn the killers of humanity

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Guwahati/New Delhi: With the death toll rising up to 76 in the brutal massacre by the Bodo Militants in Assam, several organizations have come together and sought Centre’s control/intervention to contain the situation.

Militants belonging to the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) killed more people, including children and women, from various walks of life and organisations.

ABMSU protest
All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU)

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) also condemned the killings as crime against humanity. “The incident is a stark reminder that India is no less vulnerable than Pakistan, which witnessed the massacre of school children by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan on December 16. Regrettably, even after such repeated massacres of the innocent civilians in Assam, in the past, neither FIRs have been registered nor accountability for the responsibility of commanders and the superiors of those involved in these heinous crimes has been established by the government,” ACHR said in a statement.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Assam Tea Tribes Student Association (ATTSA), All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA), All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) and other students’ organisations have also staged demonstration condemning the killing by wearing black bands and burning effigy.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) also staged demonstration against the failure of the government to safeguard people. “This is the worst thing to witness at this age. We condemn the barbaric act of violence. We urge the government to adopt strict measures to stop all these violence,” said AAMSU president Abdur Rahim Ahmed.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU),

The ABMSU also protested the killings in New Delhi seeking proper action against the militants. Terming the militants as cowards, the Forum for Terrorist Victims’ Family (FTVF) demanded that they should be hanged for carrying out such heinous act. “Once again the NDFB (S) militants have degraded the country in front of the world by killing humanity. The government should take actions to hang these criminals,” said Ranjit Kumar Phukan, general secretary of FTVF.

Political parties including BJP, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), and CPI (M) have condemned the act while asking the government to adopt strict measures to finish the act of violence.

“It has occurred due to the failure of the state government. We want the central government to intervene and control the situation,” said AGP president Atul Bora after writing to President Pranab Mukherjee and union home minister Rajnath Singh.

AYP protest

CPI (M) state secretary Uddhab Barman said that providing safety and security should be the priority of the state and central government. Amnesty International India too has condemned the killings. All Adivasi Women Association of Assam (AAWAA), Women in Governance (WinG)-Assam, Nari Mukti Sangram Samiti, Pragatishil Nari Sanshtha and several other women organisations have also condemned the act.

“The Administration totally failed to provide security, medical help to the affected people of these areas. This kind of inhuman and barbaric killing cannot be part of any liberation movement,” said Bondita Acharya of WinG.

The officers and staff of Assam Secretariat condoled over the death of innocent people massacred by terrorist outfit at Kokrajhar and Sonitpur. They observed one minute silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

Injured (Courtesy: ImageForam)

The Welfare Party of India too condemned the killing of tribals, including women and children, by the NDFB (S) faction. While expressing anguish, party general secretary PC Hamza in a statement said it is worrying that many of the injured are in critical condition. Welfare party found the state and Central governments responsible for the massacre as they failed to take precautionary measures.”

As the security forces have recently been carrying out raids to flush out NDFB militants, retaliatory attack should have been anticipated by state and Central governments and effective steps should have been taken. We send our deep condolence to all the affected families,” the statement added.

The Welfare Party also demanded the state/Central government to strengthen security measures by bring all criminals under punishment and to compensate the victims adequately.