Tribals blame police for Guwahati violence

November 25th, 2007 - 9:48 pm ICT by admin  

Guwahati/Ranchi, Nov 25 (ANI): The tribals who were injured in a violent clash with locals here on Saturday, which left at least 12 people dead, today blamed the police for the incident.

Fierce violence broke out between protesting tribals and local residents during a protest march by the former towards the State Assembly to demand Scheduled Tribes status.

“I believe police is responsible. They didn’t take care of keeping vehicles aside, looking at the protest march. Moreover, the vehicle owners should also have taken care of being aside because of the protestors,” said injured Christopher.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Guwahati Medical College Hospital .

I was in the procession, suddenly, I saw CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) attacking us from the front. As I turned back, also saw the public hitting us, said Augustine, another injured.

Many shops were destroyed and some 100 vehicles damaged in the ensuing violence.

Following the clashes, an indefinite curfew was imposed in areas between Dispur and Bashistha.

The army, which is on normal security duty here under the Unified Command, was deployed, as violence spiralled when the stone-throwing mob refused to disperse.

Meanwhile, a pro-tribal organisation in Ranchi staged a protest against the incident. The protestors blamed the Union and Assam governments for the violence.

“Today, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch (a pro-tribal organisation) has protested against the treatment tribal people in Assam meted out, yesterday. The tribals were beaten up under a government conspiracy. We criticise and condemn this kind of act,” said Jagdish Lohra, President of Jharkhand Human Rights Forum.
They also burnt effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. (ANI)

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