Leader of Opposition in Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia. File photo: Northeast Now

Senior Congress leader and leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia has condemned the cold-blooded killing of five innocent people of a particular community at Kherbari village, around six km from Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu (Dhola-Sadiya bridge) under Dhola Police Station in Tinsukia district of Assam on Thursday.

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“My heart goes out to the victims and their families,” he said.

Saikia said that he had warned during his press conference on Thursday that the policy of polarization was tacitly condoned or even sponsored by the BJP-led government in Assam and that this might lead to a gory conflict.

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“Shame on the BJP. Your greed for votes has claimed the first innocent ethnic-clash victims today in Assam,” Saikia said.

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Saikia further appealed to all sections of the people of Assam to exercise restraint despite flagrant attempts to foment a violent confrontation.

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“The government must ensure safety and security to life and property of all people living in the State,” he further said.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at:

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