Assam violence: HC wants probe into AUDF leader Ajmal’s role

The Gauhati High Court has directed the Centre and the Assam government to investigate the alleged role of AUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal in the recent violence in Assam

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:September 14, 2012 3:46 am

The Gauhati High Court has directed the Centre and the Assam government to investigate the alleged role of AUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal in the recent violence in Assam.

A bench of Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Koteshwar Singh passed the order on a plea by school teacher Subodh Islari,who alleged that Ajmal had a role in instigating the violence.

Ajmal was not available for comments.

Islari’s lawyer Debashis Sur said the petitioner had earlier filed an FIR on September 3 complaining about Ajmal’s alleged role in the violence that displaced over 4.5 lakh people and left nearly 100 persons dead. “While the Kokrajhar police station did register a case,Islari approached the High Court after finding the police had not taken any further action,” Sur said.

Islari in his PIL also sought that a committee be formed to look into the reasons that led to exodus of people from Kokrajhar and adjoining districts. “He also sought a direction from the High Court to the government to ensure all tribal land was protected under Article 355 of the Constitution as earlier pointed out by the Supreme Court in its judgment of July 12,2005 quashing the IMDT Act,” Sur said.

Interestingly,the HC order that came Wednesday coincided with the bail granted to Bodoland People’s Front MLA Pradip Kumar Brahma in all seven cases filed against him for allegedly instigating the violence.

The BPF runs the Bodoland Territorial Council.

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