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Shinde: Want peace in Assam, army on alert

The army has been put on alert to ensure that violence does not spread in Assam, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2012 01:50 IST
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The army has been put on alert to ensure that violence does not spread in Assam, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

In his first speech after taking the charge, Shinde also informed the parliament that the CBI would be investigating major incidents of recent violence in the state.

“The government's mind and heart is clear. We want to ensure peace and development in the state,” Shinde said.

The motion — moved by BJP leader LK Advani — was negated after a five-hour debate.

The home minister said that a comprehensive security plan had been chalked out to deal with the law and order situation in the state. “The army should go and bring results in areas which are actually affected,” he said.

A CBI additional director will visit Guwahati on Thursday, accompanied by Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the home ministry, he added.

The Opposition — in both houses of parliament — slammed the government for its “failure” to contain the month-long violence in the Assam which has claimed 74 lives.

In the Lok Sabha, the government business was suspended to take up the issue through an adjournment motion.

Initiating the debate, Advani said the volatile situation in Assam was a direct result of the government's failure to address the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration. The Centre has not implemented the 1964 order to identify foreign nationals by setting up tribunals and deporting them.

“No country tolerates this. There has been no action (by the government) despite the Supreme Court's judgement. This unchecked illegal immigration could lead to the third division of India,” Advani said.

Countering the Opposition attack, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Paban Singh Ghatowar regretted that Advani focused on illegal migration instead of talking about rehabilitation of persons affected by violence in Assam.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice on the issue.

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