Top brass of Jharkhand politics descend on Guwahati

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Guwahati, Nov 26 (UNI) The top brass of Jharkhand politics comprising Arjun Munda, Shibu Soren and Babulal Marandi have reached the state capital to take stock of the situation in Friday's violence.

At least one adivasi was killed and over 280 injured in a brutal attack on adivasi protestors by the locals, after the protestors turned violent when they were blocked from gheraoing the state assembly.

''This is the most inhuman attack I have seen in my life'' said the former Union Coal Minister and JMM leader Shibu Soren, while addressing a press conference here today.

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister and BJP's Arjun Munda visited Guwahati Medical College Hospital, met the injured and sat on an impromptu dharna demanding better health care for the injured.

'' It is simply unbelievable that such attack can take place in a civilised state. I have no words to condemn it and I shall hold the state government responsible for its failure to control the situation,'' he said.

Arjun Munda was first to reach yesterday, closely followed by UPA-steering committee Chairman Shibu Soren. He was accompanied by HRD Minister Bandhu Tirkey, Revenue and Land Reforms Minster Dulal Bhuiyan, Science and Technology Minister Chandra Prakash Chaudhury and Inspector General Reizi Dungdung.

Jharkhand's first Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, who later formed a new party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Democratic), reached Guwahati this afternoon and held a press conference with the main opposition Assam Gana Parishad (AGP).

''This is the most barbaric incident I have ever heard. This is a scar on the nation and civil society of Assam will have to live with the scar. Never ever was any adivasi woman stripped on the main streets of a state capital. It is beyond imagination,'' he said.

The adivasis of Assam trace their origin to Jharkhand and this is the for the first time that three Jharkhand leaders cutting across political affiliations have come to Assam at the same time to protest the attack.

A perturbed Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told newsmen at Jorhat that it would be better to handle the situation if the leaders were not around.

''But I cannot stop them. Logistically it is easier for us to handle the situation without them,'' he said.

Meanwhile, there are reports of retaliatory violence in Kokrajhar and Sibsagar during Assam Bandh.

UNI

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