Secret killing report to be tabled in Assembly

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Guwahati, Nov 1 (UNI) The Assam government will lay the K N Saikia inquiry commission report on the 'secret killings' in the next assembly session beginning November 12.

Addressing a press conference here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that his government would place an Action Taken Report(ATR) along with the main report.

The K N Saikia commission inquired into hundreds of mysterious killings that took place during the previous regime of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. Most of the killings were insurgency related where forces opposed to the state, including relatives of the ULFA leaders, were shot dead.

The series of killing brought down the AGP Government.

''I am horrified and shocked at how the state machinery was used to eliminate these innocent people. This is much worse than even (the event in) Gujarat and the leadership of that period of the Assam Government was fully responsible,'' Mr Gogoi said.

The needle of suspicion was pointed on Mr Mahanta who not only lost the election but was also ousted from the AGP on this issue.

''All of you will see how the state abdicated its responsibility in protecting the ordinary citizen and never before in India had such state-sponsored secret killings taken place,'' he added.

The killings took place during 1991-96.

The incident had shaken the whole state and ''when the report sees the light of the day, you will know how dangerous the situation was. Nobody will go scot free and we are going to launch vigorous legal action against them,'' Mr Gogoi said.

UNI

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