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IMPHAL | Sept 15 : North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) organised a candle light vigil today at North Campus, Delhi University against the communal incidents which recently occurred in Assam and Manipur.
A release signed by member, Convening Committee, NEFIS, Chinglen Khumukcham stated that a number of individuals from different communities of North-East along with those from the other parts of the country also participated in the programme. A one-minute silence was also observed in honour of the deceased, it added.
A recent communal clash occurred in Tinsukia district of Assam over a Facebook post, subsequent to which provocative rumors were circulated on Social Media and deliberate attempts were made by some vested interests to destroy social fabric of the region, and which have resulted in communal clashes, it said.
While addressing the mob justice over suspicion of vehicle theft, the release asserted that “It is clear from such incidents that conscious efforts are on to sow hatred among different communities in the North-East in order to reap rich political dividends.”
NEFIS further alleged that from the time the BJP Government came to power at the centre and in various states in the northeast, attempts have been made to communalize the atmosphere of region, it said. Such communal atmosphere has been created in order to conceal the underdevelopment of the region, which fuels hatred towards other communities and results in brutal confrontations such as the present incidents, it continued while adding that such incidents also occur due to the poor functioning of the police system as well as fallout of the absence of pro-people policies in the region.
NEFIS further made an appeal to all communities of Assam to maintain solidarity in the present situation of communal rift and harmoniously reconcile their differences through dialogue. It also appealed to different community organizations to undertake confidence building measures aimed at building communal harmony among different communities.
The forum also demanded that an act aimed at the protection of minorities should be enacted to protect the people from minority communities. It further demanded that the government should clamp down on rumor mongering and seriously deal with vested interests wishing to destroy social fabric of the region, the release added.~IFP