The Assam Chronicle

News and Views from Northeast India

Humanitarian Crisis in Assam

The gruesome murdered  of a 16-year-old school student Priya Basumatary by National Democratic Front of  Bodoland (S) militants has been drawing widespread protest across the state. Priya Basumatry was killed by the hardcore National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction) cadres on 20, Aug, 2014. After killing the teen-age girl, the NDFB(S) Cadre had given an interview at one of the local media channel and claimed that the girl was the informer of the police.  Speaking to the media B Bidai, the chief of the militant group, said that the teenager had been killed because she had tipped-off security forces about the presence of five NDFB-S cadres at Dwimuguri. The incident has shocked the entire Assam and the people are demanding action against the militant outfit, which was responsible for the recent bloodbath in the BTAD area.

The NDFB (S) militants killed Priya Basumatary after dragging her out of her house. They accused her of being a police informer and shot her dead in front of the villagers around 4.30p.m.  The militants also assaulted her parents and threatened the villagers not to touch her dead body.  Earlier in that morning, five NDFB (Songbijit) militants were killed in an encounter with a joint team of police and the Army in the adjoining Chirang Reserve Forest.  Killing, extortion, human crisis has again taken its grip into the Bodo Land Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) which has witnessed a huge humanitarian crisis in 2012, due to a communal clash.  

However, the political leadership of the state has been busy in playing mudslinging with their opponents and could not find any solution to solve the decade old problem of militancy, which has created fear psychosis among the innocent people. Now, the person has come on to the street to protest against the inhuman acts done by the militant groups.  

Meanwhile, the  Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) MLA Pramila Rani Brahma, hails from BTAD area raised the issue of the minor girl used as a inform  recently in the State Assembly and accused the state government for failing to protect the lives of the innocent people. Brahma also sought clarification from the state government whether the victim was used as an informer.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered an inquiry after the allegation made by the opposition party about the delay by the police in recovering the body of the minor girl. Gogoi has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of politicizing the issue for their own electoral benefit.

However, the NDFB(S) has created a reign of terror for the last few years after splitting from the NDFB, whose chief was Ranjan Daimary . Few years ago Ranjan Daimary was arrested and sent to jail and now the group led by him is on ceasefire. Dialogue is going on to restore peace in the BTAD area with the  Ranjan Daimary faction and government.