Assam is Cong's 'laboratory of communal experiment': BJP

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 24, 2012 21:25 IST
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    Remains of a house that was burnt during communal clashes in the violence-hit Kokrajhar district. Several villagers have fled their homes after violence near Kokorajhar ...

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    A man carries his belongings to a safe place in Kokrajhar, Assam. Tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes after violence near Kokorajhar ...

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    Displaced tribal people take shelter in a relief camp near Kokorajhar town in Assam. Sporadic incidents of violence and arson were reported from different parts ...

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    Security personnel patrol on a street during curfew near Kokorajhar town in Assam. Sporadic incidents of violence and arson were reported from different parts of ...

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    An injured local resident rests with her child in a hospital after violence near Kokorajhar town in Assam. Reuters/Stringer

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    Bodo tribal people flee their homes in Kokrajhar district, about 230 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam during violent clashes. AFP Photo, File

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     A house burns at Kachugaon village in Kokrajhar district, about 230 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam during violent clashes. AFP Photo, File

BJP on Tuesday charged Congress with turning Assam into an almost a "laboratory of communal experiment" by not taking adequate steps to prevent the spread of violence from Kokrajhar in the state and sought an explanation from the Prime Minister on the issue.

BJP, which has already sent its team to assess the situation in Assam, alleged violence-hit people coming to relief camps are being sent away and not accomodated while the Army and Police are not taking action to control the violence which is spreading.

The party also alleged there is no governance in the state as no government representative visited the violence-affected areas.

"The communal riots have spread to more than 11 districts and more than 80,000 people have fled from their homes. Houses were burnt...The information coming from our team says the camps are also sending away people and not accomodating everybody who is running away from their homes," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

"We demand a statement from the Prime Minister, who is an MP from Assam, and the communal experiment of Congress should be immedately stopped. They should face up to the situation and make sure peace is restored at the earliest," Sitharaman said.

She also alleged the Army and the police are all there but are "just marking their presence" and not initiating action to control violence from spreading.

"Assam, we know, has been almost a laboratory for the Congress party's communal experiments," she said.

 

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