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90% Riot-Hit People Returned Home in Assam: JIH

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind started its relief work within a week of the communal riots in Assam. The aim of Jamaat was to rehabilitate those who were misplaced during the riots and to help them get jobs so that they may earn their livelihood. So far, more than 90 per cent of the riot-affected persons have reached their native villages with the help of JIH while around 20,000 to 25000 people are still taking shelter in refugee camps of different organisations. These are the observations Maulana Muhammad Shafi Madani, National Secretary JIH expressed while briefing the relief work of the Jamaat in Assam at the JIH headquarters on 20 April.

Mr. Madani, elaborating the root causes of the riots, said the Bodos wanted a separate state of their own and for this their population must be around 52 per cent of the total population. They currently number only 30 per cent and they found it easy to drive off the non-Bodo communities for the purpose. They have been doing what they had done in July 2012 since 1995.

Mr. Madani further added that a team of Jamaat visited several villages of Muslims in the riot-hit areas and found their houses demolished by bulldozers. He claimed that around 0.4 million people were displaced during the riots and were forced to take shelter in 250 camps. Mr. Madani, who was in-charge of JIH’s relief work in Assam, said the Jamaat erected 157 camps and distributed clothing, medicines, cooking utensils, milk and other substances of daily use among riot-affected people.

He further elaborated that the Jamaat team, after surveying the villages, arranged the safe return of the misplaced persons to their respective villages and provided them with ration for one month. Afterward, the Jamaat is now trying to provide job for every returned person so that they can earn their livelihood.

Illustrating the Jamaat’s endeavour to provide legal assistance and protection for the affected people so that the region can be saved from such incidences in future, he said his team was trying to lodge FIRs but it did not achieve much success in this regard as the situation in the area is very different. The Bodos hold almost all the key posts in both politics and administration.

In an answer to the question, Mr. Madani said the Jamaat has got around 600 students admitted in schools and colleges. It arranged for the coaching of SSC and other competitive exams. It established around 100 primary schools in the area. And now it is planning to uplift the area socially and educationally. For the purpose, the Jamaat is conducting a socio-economic survey in the region to take further steps.



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