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Assam students, others take out peace march

Initiatives for peace and harmony have been taken by all sections of society, including the students, for restoring normalcy in the state of Assam.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 18:08 IST

Nothwithstanding government measures to contain the ongoing anti-Bihari violence in Assam, initiatives for peace and harmony have been taken by all sections of society for restoring normalcy in Guwahati.

"Stop violence, we want peace" is the common refrain among all the communities, political parties, students organisations and various other organisations.

People from both Assamese and Bihari communities are out on the streets pleading for amity and restoration of the age-old goodwill and harmony that existed between the two communities in the state.

Large number of Biharis who have settled here for generations, adopted the local language and even married into the Assamese community are pleading with their migrant brethren to restrain themselves and also remain in the state.

Film personalities, theatre actors, litterateurs, singers, artists, professionals, including lawyers, doctors, engineers, journalists, social workers, are taking out peace processions for restoring normalcy.

The students, who have been in the forefront of all movements for the cause of Assam, are regularly taking out peace processions wanting a violence-free Assam.

Besides students from different schools and colleges marching across the state calling for peace and harmony, the apex students body All Assam Students Union organised a state-wide silent procession on Monday calling for halt of the ongoing violence and 100 per cent job reservation for the people from Northeast in Central government undertakings.

AASU volunteers are moving about in Bihari-dominated areas instilling confidence among them about their security.

The senior citizens too are concerned at the violence unleashed on the Assamese train passengers in Bihar on November 11 and 12, as well as the repercussions in Assam.

They are against all forms of violence for settlement of problems and have appealed to all to maintain peace and cordial relations with one another.

Echoes of these peace initiatives could be heard in Delhi where students from the Northeast and other states took out a peace march on Tuesday from the Delhi University with messages against violence.

The solidarity march was organised by the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), Assamese Students Association of Delhi (ASAD) and National Students Union of India (NSUI).

Meanwhile, the government has set up peace committees inclusive of all communities, political and other organisations to maintain peace and harmony among all sections of people and to the scuttle the attempts by both militants and miscreants from taking advantage of the situation.

The orgy of violence was unleashed by the proscribed ULFA in Assam against Biharis from November 15, killing 56 Bihari so far in retaliation to the attack on Assamese train passengers in Bihar on November 11 and 12.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 17:19 IST