Just like in the past, once again the Muslims killing in Assam is on the rise. A lot of Muslims have been killed by Bodo Tribes in the month of Ramadan and so a lot them are now living in refugee camps where the situation is worse than normal life. This issue has also reminded the Muslim killing in Assam back in the 80s. Bodo organizations and political parties are of the view that this situation is the result of undiminished mass arrival from Bangladesh. But Muslims claim that the people who are being the victim of violence are not immigrants, rather they are originating and living members of the community.
The persistent mass arrival has fueled to the fire and it has created dispute between the Bodos and immigrants. Political parties of India also declared the illegal migration as the cause for this violence. In the last days of July, some persons who were riding on the bike killed two Muslims as a result of dispute at a mosque. This incident ignited the killings between the Bodos and Muslims of Bengal. The beginning of the violence was led by the Muslims killing the Bodo villages like Joypur in the district of Kokrajhar. Then Bodos started killing Muslims. Killers are a permanent source of terror for public, police and army as well. Camps have been set up for residence of these Muslims who have been dispatched from their homes. A lot of people have been killed till now including Muslims and Bodos and most of them are Muslims.
Muslim killings in Assam have led the people deprived of their homes. Killing of Muslims in Assam should be considered as the worst crisis but deserving attention is not being paid to Assam. In villages affected by this violence, life is not normal yet. About 15000 Muslims have been camped there who are not being provided food, water to drink and space for sleeping. Their condition is worse than animals. This killing of Muslims in Assam has also been termed as due to rise in population in that area and hence there is dispute over the sharing of resources like forests, land etc.
In early 1980s, a campaign was run by AASU in front of press in order to detect and deport the migrants. This campaign made the Assam paralyzed and led to the violence in Assam in 1983.At a village named as Nellie, 1800 Bengali Muslims were killed in one day. Muslim killing in Assam was miserable at that time too. An accord was also signed in 1985 by AASU with the federal authorities of India and it was accepted that those who came to Assam before March 1971 would be considered as legal migrated people and they would enjoy the citizenship. But this accord was not helpful to solve the problem and the Muslim killing in Assam remained on the rise by Bodos. Apart from religious conflict, dispute also occurs due to rising population of Muslims in Assam and hence the monopoly over resources.
It is the dire need of time for both India as well as Pakistan to take steps to make this violence and killing being eradicated. As violence solves nothing but it only breaks the relationship and makes the situation worse. India should take necessary steps to make the killing of Muslims in Assam stopped.
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