Assam govt refutes assaulted Adivasi girl's allegations

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Guwahati, Apr 1 (UNI) The Assam government today opposed the allegations by an Adivasi girl, who was stripped and assaulted in the November 24 mob violence in the city, that monetary compensation and job were offered to her to hush up the issue.

The government, in a press release, took exception to Lakshmi Orang's statements before the media at a press conference in Jamshedpur yesterday.

She was reported to have said that the Rs one lakh compensation and a government job offered to her after the incident was targetted to put the entire matter under cover.

The government, however, stressed that the compensation was offered on humanitarian grounds and she could still avail of it.

The government, in the release, claimed that the persons involved in the stripping incident were immediately arrested and action had been initiated against them.

The one-man Justice (retd) Manisena Singh Commission, constituted to probe the November 24 violence, has already submitted its report and the same would be tabled in the Assembly during the ongoing session.

Lakshmi was stripped and assaulted during an Adivasi rally in Beltola area of Guwahati on November 24 last year. The rally had turned violent after locals and processionists clashed, leaving one dead and over 250 injured.

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