Dhubri, Aug. 2: The All Koch Rajbongshi Students' Union (AKRSU) has given the state government seven days to send back the displaced taking shelter in relief camps in lower Assam districts.
The union's Bongaigaon unit today submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Sankar Prasad Nandi urging him to send over 20,000 displaced people to their homes within seven days.
The general secretary of the union, Trilokya Roy, said the displaced persons in the recent violence should be sent back to their villages and rehabilitated with full security.
More than 2,000 people belonging to the Koch Rajbongshi community, who also fled Gossaigaon subdivision of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, are taking shelter at different camps in Dhubri and Chirang. The union also demanded their proper rehabilitation.
"There are 920 persons of the community staying at different camps under Tamarhat police station of Dhubri district and over 1,000 persons living at the camps in Chirang district," Roy said.
During a news conference at Rajiv Bhawan in Dhubri, Assam Youth Congress general secretary Sohidul Islam said it is not the time for indulging in a blame game. He alleged communalisation of the situation by former Union home minister and BJP leader L.K. Advani and BTAD chief Hagrama Mohilary.
"We say if there are illegal arms in the hands of perpetrators of violence they should be disarmed immediately because it will create trouble in the BTC area and elsewhere. It is a land of Sankardev-Azan Peer and there is no place for violence," Islam added.
He said it is time to extend a helping hand, create an atmosphere of mutual trust and concentrate on the wellbeing of camp inmates who were displaced in the violence.
The death toll in the camps of Dhubri district rose to six while so far total death toll rose to five in Kokrajhar and Chirang.
Joint director of health services, Dhubri, R.N. Choudhury, said of the six, three died in relief camps.
"We are providing medical aid in the camps but those seriously ill are being sent to Dhubri civil hospital," Choudhury added.