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Politicians advised not to visit riot-hit areas
Correspondent RESUBELPARA, JAN 8:
Published on 8 Jan. 2011 11:04 PM IST
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Authorities in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hill district Saturday strongly advised ministers and legislators not to venture into riot-hit areas in Assam.
The advisory note to all politicians was issued after Union Minister Agatha K. Sangma, her brother and Meghalaya’s Leader of Opposition Conrad K. Sangma and their father and former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A. Sangma Friday had a narrow escape from mob fury in the riot-hit areas of Assam’s Goalpara district.
The Sangma’s belonging to the Garo tribes which are in conflict with their rival Rabha tribe, managed to escape unhurt from the area only after Assam Police fired few rounds in the air and lathi- charged the angry Rabha mob.
The trios were visiting the relief camp at the Chotimati after visiting the other relief camps in the riot-hit areas in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district.
“We (district administration) strongly advise all legislators and ministers not to go Assam without prior permission from us under any circumstances, even for traveling to Guwahati (Assam’s main city) and Shillong (Meghalaya’s state capital),” East Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.
Around 400 people armed with lethal weapons waylaid Sangma’s convoy with burning tyres at Sotomatia village under Dudhnoi police station area and protested against the ongoing ethnic violence between the warring Garo and Rabha tribes. “What has happened is very unfortunate. I hope that peace is built between both communities at the earliest,” Agatha, the youngest minister in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, said.
Purno A Sangma, who is often described as “Garo strongman” said, “I have witnessed many a mob fury but not like yesterday (Friday). As Union Labour Minister I have seen mob anger from unions but yesterday (Friday) it was shocking to see men and women suddenly get swayed by anger and pick up machete, spears, axe … threatens those who came in peace.” Over 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes so far due to ethnic clashes between Garo and Rabha tribals along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
Altogether, eight people have died in the violence that sparked off on New Year’s Day.

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