The Gauhati High Court has directed the Assam and central governments to probe the alleged role of perfume baron and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal in the recent ethnic violence in the state.
The court issued the directive after hearing a PIL filed by one Subodhlal Kislari. A division bench comprising justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and justice N Koteswar Singh directed the Assam and central governments and their agencies to submit the reports of their probe to the court within one month.
Ajmal, who is also the president of Assam’s principal opposition party All India United Democratic Front, has welcomed the court directive.
“I welcome it. I was no way involved,” he told DNA. He also dismissed allegations that he had incited violence.
The All Bodo Students’ Union has also welcomed the court directive. However, it insisted that Ajmal’s recent press meet at Delhi should also be brought under the purview of the probe.
“At the Delhi press meet, he had said that the Bodos killed Muslims by bulldozing them. This misled and provoked the Muslims,” said ABSU president Pramode Bodo. He added that the ABSU was in possession of a CD of the press meet and could move the Supreme Court against Ajmal in this regard.
Allegations galore that Ajmal’s ‘provocative’ statements had caused a fear psychosis in the minds of people that led to their exodus from states including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The All Assam Students’ Union had charged the Lok Sabha MP with adding a religious colour to the riots while the Bodoland People’s Front accused him of inciting violence against the Bodos.