JAMSHEDPUR: The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has asked the Centre to ensure safety and security of the Bodo tribals who have been attacked by Muslims in ethnic clashes in western Assam.
JMM senior vice-president Sudhir Mahato, also a former deputy chief minister, on Friday said the party would send a fact-finding delegation to the violence-hit districts of Assam to ascertain the loss of life and property.
“I have to put up the matter before the party following which the party president (Shibu Soren) will decide on the size and shape of the delegation,” said Mahato. On the basis of the findings of the delegation, the party will decide what help it could extend to the affected people. “We could also appeal to the state (Jharkhand) government to extend help to the affected people on humanitarian grounds but first we need to assess the situation,” Mahato told newsmen at his residence.
He said several tribal people residing in the Bodo areas of Assam had roots in Jharkhand and it was paramount to look after their well-being. “Why tribals in Assam are frequently subjected to atrocities. The local state government and the Union government led by the Congress need to answer,” said Mahato.
He said if the Assam government fails to check the ugly trend of frequent violence, the Union government should impose President’s rule in the state. “Regardless of whether the affected people are of Jharkhand origin or not, it is the job of the respective provincial government to ensure safety and security to the innocent people,” said Mahato. He said innocent minority community people had also been targeted by the perpetrator of the violence.Courtesy:TimeofIndia.