Won't let migrants target indigenous people, warns Ulfa
The anti-talk faction of the banned Ulfa has blamed unabated migration from Bangladesh to Assam for the crisis that emanated from clashes between the two communities in the state.india Updated: Aug 20, 2012 23:36 IST
The anti-talk faction of the banned Ulfa has blamed unabated migration from Bangladesh to Assam for the crisis that emanated from clashes between the two communities in the state.
It also denounced the "lax attitude" shown by the Centre towards protecting Assamese people working in other parts of the country.
In an email sent to media houses in Guwahati on Monday, Ulfa chairman Abhijeet Asom expressed concern over the worsening situation in three districts of western Assam. Stating that it was "heartbreaking" how a section of indigenous people had become homeless in their own land, he said, “We won’t let migrants destroy the future of the indigenous people of Asom.”
He also slammed chief minister Tarun Gogoi for his repeated claim that the state did not have even a single foreigner.
“The Indian government is responsible for the large scale migration of foreigners from Bangladesh to Assam since August 15, 1947, which changed the state's demography,” Asom said.
The Ulfa chairman alleged that Badruddin Ajmal, the chief of AIUDF (All Indian United Democratic Front), had been trying to create a communal divide in the state, and this was clearly indicated by his role in the aftermath of the Kokrajhar violence.
Coming down heavily on Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mahilary for targeting Assamese-speaking people during the Bodo movement, the Ulfa chairman alleged that his organisation had caused mistrust among various indigenous communities in their areas.
Meanwhile, a team belonging to the National Council of Churches in India began a two-day visit to relief camps in Assam's Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri to take stock of the situation, and express solidarity with the violence-hit.
First Published: Aug 20, 2012 23:34 IST