Lok Sabha adjourned over Assam violence


New Delhi : The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time Monday as Assam MP S.K. Bwiswmuthiary staged a sit-in protest over the ethnic violence in his state that has claimed 49 lives earlier this month.

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When Lok Sabha re-assembled at 12 noon, Bwiswmuthiary entered the house holding photographs of the violence in Assam and walked right up to the speaker’s podium. On Friday also, he had protested because the house did not refer to the people killed in clashes in the state.

Violence broke out Oct 3 in the four northern Assam districts of Udalguri, Darrang, Baska, and Chirang after clashes between tribal Bodos and Muslim migrant settlers. Four days of ethnic clashes left 49 people dead and more than 100,000 displaced.

Bwiswmuthiary said Muslims had insulted the indigenous Bodo religion and that a Bodo woman had been gang raped. The speaker then said he would be allowed to speak after the initial proceedings of the house are over. When Bwiswmuthiary got the chance to speak, he attacked the Muslim community and detailed the incidents of violence that shook the region.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MPs interrupted him and objected to the words used by him. The speaker then asked him to stop his speech and let the house conduct other proceedings.

Bwiswmuthiary then marched to the speaker’s podium again and accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of being responsible for not checking the violence. He staged a brief sit-in near the podium and there was pandemonium in the house as BJP MPs raised slogans in his support.

Left MPs criticised his actions and the speaker warned him that he would be suspended if he continued to protest. The Assam MP was later led to his seat, but as he continued his protests, the speaker adjourned the house at 12.35 p.m. till 4 p.m.

The Lok Sabha was earlier adjourned till 12 noon after disruptions in the house over the shootout in Jamia Nagar and attacks on north Indians by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai.