Punish the killers in Assam: CPI-M

July 25th, 2012 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The CPI-M Wednesday blamed the Assam and central governments for the violence in the state that has left around 30 people dead and demanded strict punishment for the killers.

“It is indeed deeply disturbing that over 35 people have lost their lives, several are untraced, over 50 villages have been burnt, thousands have been forced to flee from their homes,” the CPI-M said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist called it “a monumental failure” of the Congress-led government in Assam which it said refused to take timely action and allowed the tensions to increase.

“Even earlier the warning signs of distrust and tensions among different communities was ignored,” it said. “The central government must explain why it too delayed its response to the violence.”

The CPI-M also condemned what it said was “motivated propaganda that seeks to justify the violence against the minority community in the name of illegal migration from Bangladesh.

“This is a total fabrication since the large majority of people in these areas are Indian citizens who have been living in the area for decades having been displaced from their own areas due to the erosion of their land by the Brahmaputra and other rivers.

“It is the tragedy of Assam, a state which has multi-lingual, multi-religious and different communities that the dominant political parties should practice a politics which divide and weaken people’s unity leading to repeated bouts of violence.”

The party asked the government to take immediate steps to restore peace, and sought severe punishment for those directly involved in the violence.

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