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Updated: August 14, 2012 02:55 IST

Sonia meets Assam camp inmates

Sushanta Talukdar
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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi talking to riot victims at a relief camp at Deborgaon in Kokrajhar district of Assam on Monday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
The Hindu UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi talking to riot victims at a relief camp at Deborgaon in Kokrajhar district of Assam on Monday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi said here on Monday that inmates of relief camps in Kokrajhar and nearby districts wanted to return home, but it might take a little while for the situation to become a little calmer. She assured the inmates that the government would make sure that they were able to return to their homes.

“Naturally all refugees want to go back home,” she told journalists after visiting a relief camp at Titaguri in Kokrajhar district. “Once feelings are assuaged, the Chief Minister and others will make sure that the inmates are able to go home.”

The death toll in the violence in Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon districts has gone up to 78 with gunmen killing a migrant construction worker from West Bengal and injuring two others at Datgiri market near India-Bhutan border in Chirang district on Monday.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) L.R. Bisnoi told The Hindu that the incident occurred around 3.30 p.m when a group of workers were returning from their work in Bhutan's border town Gelephu. The injured were admitted to the Bongaigaon Civil Hospital. .

Ms. Gandhi said people in the relief camp told her that they were getting ration regularly. Two children were unwell and a doctor was treating them. Later, she visited a camp at Debargaon in Kokrajhar district and interacted with the inmates.

About 1.6 lakh displaced people have so far returned to their homes while over three lakh are still taking shelter in camps.

Ms. Gandhi was accompanied by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita. In Dhubri, Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Shinde visited two relief camps. Ms. Gandhi underlined need to decongest the camps and provide more food for children.

Meanwhile, members of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) burnt effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr. Shinde, Mr. Gogoi, Assam Accord Implementaion Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma across the State to protest against the “non- implementation of the Assam Accord.”

What is our Prime minister and President role instead of Ms.Sonia Gandhi? More over we do have powerful military and Police source. I don't understand why the Assam state Government and our Central Government take quick action on this problem?

from:  Thangavel Muthusamy
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 01:18 IST

Refugees have migrated from Bangladesh and are occupying the land of Bodos. Assam is for Assamese and not immigrants. Please implement Article 370 so that only the locals can buy land. The same in rest of India.

from:  Duvesh
Posted on: Aug 14, 2012 at 01:05 IST

Sonia Gandhi will be better advised to address the root cause of the
problem. We all know how official visits are stage-managed with the
refugees parroting what is told to them. The solution to the problem is
lack of check on the migration across the border and lack of
proper employment to the youth. I don't find any Narendra Modi critics
commenting on this.

from:  Kaipa
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 22:30 IST

where is the coverage of Mr. Advani and other BJP leaders visiting
The Hindu is also gone the way others have gone.
The light has been doused.

from:  krunal gandhi
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 22:02 IST

The problems faced by the refugees is not @ the camps provided but due
to their needlessness in their own home soil. People can never get back
to normal after being treated like vermin Ms. Gandhi. The problem has
persisted since the 1750's and will go on unless any strong hard lined
decisions are taken in unbiased manner.

from:  sabah khan
Posted on: Aug 13, 2012 at 14:12 IST
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