Lok Sabha to discuss Guwahati violence on Dec 3

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) A day after Home Minister's statement on violence in Guwahati during tribals' demonstration, the Lok Sabha today decided to discuss the issue through a calling attention in the House on December three.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee informed this even as Kiren Rijiju (BJP) demanded CBI probe into the violence which claimed one life and left 242 people injured in the Assam capital on November 24. He said though judicial enquiry had been ordered by Assam Government, it was important to find out as to why a group of tribal processionists indulged in vandalism. Over 50 vehicles and 30 shops were damaged by the agitators during their march towards Dispur capital complex on Saturday.

Rijiju, whose demand for immediate discussion on the issue led to one-hour adjournment of the House yesterday, alleged the processionists included activists of National Students Union of India (NSUI), student wing of the Congress, adding the agitators were provoked into indulging in violence.

The BJP member lamented that no Central leader had visited Guwahati inspite of the gravity of the situation. This, he said, was in line with the Centre's policy of ignoring the North-East for the last 60 years. Rijiju said since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been elected from Assam, he expressed the hope that the state would get its due attention.

The MP from Arunachal Pradesh urged for renewed efforts to bring peace to the North-East.


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