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All-Party meet flays govt’s stance on terror
Published on 17 Nov. 2008 12:22 AM IST
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An all-party meeting convened by the AGP today accused the Tarun Gogoi government of being soft on terror and criticised its apparent inability to check terrorist and fundamentalist activities, according to The Telegraph. AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, seeking the immediate dismissal of the government, said an all-party team would stage a three-hour sit-in in front of Raj Bhavan on November 22 to protest Dispur’s failure to protect the lives and property of the people. The meeting demanded that the government take the peace process forward with all militant groups. The AUDF, CPI and CPM chose to skip the meeting. Representatives of the Bodo People’s Progressive Front, Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad, Autonomous State Demand Committee, RJD, Samajwadi Party, NCP and BJP attended the meeting that lasted for nearly four hours. “This meeting was convened to speak on behalf of the people of Assam. It was not a political meeting. Besides seeking adequate relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the Udalguri riots and the blasts, we want the government to find the real culprits instead of the government sometimes naming the NDFB, sometimes Ulfa and sometimes jihadi forces for the blasts,” Patowary said. Accusing the government of diluting the issue, the all-party meeting sought an impartial CBI probe into the incident. “We have full faith in the CBI but fear the government may manipulate facts,” he added.Echoing Patowary, Bodoland People’s Progressive Front president Rabiram Narzary said though they wanted the culprits to be caught, the manner in which the government was conducting the probe left a lot to be desired.

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