By NJ Thakuria
Guwahati, September 02: The Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) expressed serious concern over the recent communal outbursts glorifying a militant outfit, soon after an incident involving few ULFA members in Nagaon of central Assam shook the state. PPFA urged the authority to investigate the matter properly and thoroughly for taking appropriate action against those responsible for flaring communal tensions.
“The forum has carefully observed that a section of Assamese intellectuals, writers, social activists and some journalists have tried their best to misinterpret the Nagaon incident, where a group of youths was humiliated by a group of businessmen over donations on August 24, as a fit case against the Bengali’s domination over Assamese locals. Their attempt to colour this incident must be condemned by all right thinking people of the state of Assam.
They tried to instigate communal disturbance by cleverly avoiding the information that the group of businessmen, that insulted the visiting youths (read former militants) represented both the Bengali and Assamese communities. Campaigners even made early resolutions that Hindu Bengali would never mingle with Assamese locals in the State” said a statement issued by the PPFA.
The forum, while appreciating the common people of the state for not listening to how these groups of instigators tried to indulge in misadventures to communalize the society and glamorize the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), expressed shock that the BJP led Assam Government did not show any urgency to respond to the crisis.
“It took the State Home Minister and CM Sarbananda Sonowal three days to comment on the incident and how people were misled. What is even more disturbing is that he avoided using strong words against those who publicly threatened to take up arms and the few people who openly demonstrated their inclination to separatist ULFA (I) leader Paresh Barua” commented the forum.
The PPFA also reminded those that hide behind their parochial garbs to not forget that the Assamese people are fully aware of the price ordinary people of the state had to pay for the communal violence by being misled through various vested propaganda machines of the various groups that masquerade themselves as the protectors of Assamese society. People cannot be fooled and brainwashed by such cheap and dirty politics anymore, said the Forum.
(Endorsed by Rupam Barua, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Anup Sarma, Ujjal Saikia, Kishor Giri, Bidhayak Das, DN Singh, Dhiraj, Goswami, Tarali Chakrabarty among others.)