Thursday, 17 January 2013

ISI fomented BTAD trouble to destabilize country: Gogoi

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today blamed both external forces, including Pakistan's ISI, and internal elements for fomenting trouble in BTAD area in the state to destabilise the country.

"The trouble in BTAD area last year was a part of a greater design by both internal and external forces like the ISI to not only to destabilise Assam but the country as well," Gogoi told reporters here.

"The role of insurgents and ISI is there. These forces were certainly involved in the Bodoland Territorial Administrative Districts (BTAD) trouble. Otherwise how did it happen," he asked.

The ongoing CBI probe will reveal the anti-national forces as well as those from outside involved in the BTAD violence, he said.

The involvement of some political forces in the month- long violence that claimed about a hundred lives and left about 4.5 lakh people homeless, would also be exposed by the CBI investigation, he said.

The role of the social networking media was also being investigated. "Otherwise from where were the bulk SMSes (about northeasterners living outside the region to be targeted following the violence and resulted in mass exodus) sent?"

As the social media cannot be regulated in a democracy, the state government in consultation with the Centre is trying to work out a strategy for such a situation.

The divisive forces were still active in BTAD, Gogoi said, adding both the government and the people would have to remain alert to thwart the designs of such forces out to create disturbances.

Referring to the 4.5 lakh people who had taken shelter in relief camps following the outbreak of the violence last year, he said 4000 are yet to return to their homes and the process of rehabilitation was on.

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