Sonia condemns Assam violence, mistreatment of northeast people

August 19th, 2012 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday expressed her “deep pain” at the ethnic violence in Assam and condemned the subsequent mistreatment faced by people from northeast in some parts of the country.

Speaking at the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award Function here, Gandhi said the biggest challenge in a society came from people who were enemies of social unity.

“Whatever happened in Assam, it is very painful and matter of concern. The guilty should face legal action soon,” she said.

Gandhi also expressed concern over people from northeast leaving Bangalore and some other cities in large numbers due to rumours about their safety.

“The kind of treatment innocent people from north east had to face, all of us should condemn it strongly,” she said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Rajiv Gandhi wanted to build a strong and prosperous India.

“He knew that India can make progress only if all countrymen live in peace, tolerance and harmony with each other,” he said.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award was given to D.R. Mehta, a noted social worker.

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