Right-wing outfits expanding base in Assam

October 19, 2012 by  
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Right-wing outfits expanding base in AssamAssam, October 18, 2012: The Assam government is concerned over the Hindu and Muslim right-wing outfits spreading their wings in the name of relief and rehabilitation for the victims of the recent ethnic clashes in the state.

“We are really concerned as close to 12 Muslim and three Hindu right-wing outfits are working at a feverish pace to build up and expand their support base by taking advantage of the increasing polarization between ethnic communities,” sources in the government said.

They said that the scale at which these groups are operating is an eye-opener.

“Unless such activities are curbed, fear of bad times for Assam and the entire nation looms large,” they said.

The state recently witnessed ethnic clashes between Bodos and migrant settlers from neighboring Bangladesh in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Dhubri districts.

Nearly 90 people were killed and more than 400,000 rendered homeless in the violence.

Till date except in isolated cases, no Assam youth had been found to be involved in pan-India terror modules outside the state.

“The situation may change in the near future as we suspect talent hunting for anti-national activities,” the sources added.

Most of the right-wing Islamic outfits are from south India while Hindu outfits are mobilizing in places like Guwahati, Silchar and Cachar.

In west Assam, the ‘work’ at the moment comprises rehabilitation and relief for the riot-affected, cash donations and house-building activities.

– hindustan times

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