It’s the poor who die in the games of politics by the powerful:
The killing of five working class Bengali people in Dhola, Tinsukia, Assam on 1st November 2018 is a bone-chilling reminder of a gory past of spiralling death and violence in the state. Such violence in the wake of the heated public debates on identity and rights around the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, risks a worsening of the climate, which the long-suffering common people of the state do not deserve. While the initial speculation about the involvement of ULFA (I) has cleared after the organisation denied any role, in the context of hateful comments in the recent past from both Bengali and Assamese leaders in the state, speculations and counter-speculations based on various facts have emerged. The civil society and various groups in Assam must show restraint at this hour and not in any way aggravate the already volatile situation. The Sarbananda Sonowal led BJP government in Assam must own up its failure to maintain peace and security in the state.
CDRO condemns this violence in strongest terms and demands that there should be an impartial judicial inquiry into the killings on a time-bound manner. In the meanwhile we appeal to all sections in Assam to maintain peace. The common people have been sufferers long enough in the games of politics by the powerful, and do not deserve any more.
On behalf of CDRO,
Constituent Organisations: Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Punjab), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West Bengal); Asansol Civil Rights Association, West Bengal; Bandi Mukti Committee (West Bengal); Civil Liberties Committee (CLC, Andhra Pradesh); Civil Liberties Committee (CLC, Telangana); Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR, Maharashtra); Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR,Tamil Nadu); Coordination for Human Rights (COHR, Manipur); Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS, Assam); Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR); Peoples’ Committee for Human Rights (PCHR, Jammu and Kashmir); Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF, Karnataka); Jharkhand Council for Democratic Rights (JCDR, Jharkhand); Peoples Union For Democratic Rights (PUDR, Delhi); Peoples Union for Civil Rights (PUCR, Haryana), Campaign for Peace & Democracy in Manipur (CPDM), Delhi; Janhastakshep(Delhi).