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Nov 19, 2012 at 09:39am IST

Assam: Cracks appear in coalition govt after top Bodo leader's arrest, Kokrajhar tense

Kokrajhar: The police crackdown on people behind the second round of violence in Kokrajhar in Assam led to the arrest of a key Bodo leader on Saturday. It does seem that the Congress is desperate to distance itself from its coalition partner in the state, the Bodoland People's Front.

ULFA in Assam on Monday will protest an alleged fake encounter in Majuli. ULFA's anti-talk faction has called for a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Assam on Monday to protest against the killing of three people in a staged gun-battle.

Mono Kumar Brahma, an executive member of the Bodoland Territorial council, was arrested on Saturday after weapons were allegedly found from his residence. Brahma’s family insists that the police planted the weapons.

Wife of the arrested leader Renuprabha Bramha said, “The police came early morning, broke open the collapsible gate and they left the weapons under the bed and arrested him."

On Sunday, the curfew was partially lifted but tension remains in Kokrajhar after 10 people were killed in the second wave of communal violence. The Bodo leaders, coalition partners of the Congress, are also restive.

With the arrest of an executive member of the BTC and recovery of weapons and ammunition from him, as claimed by the police, serious questions are being raised on the alleged role of the BTC in the riots. It also puts a question mark on the Congress-BPF alliance.

As the security forces continue keeping vigil and the crackdown on illegal arms freely available goes on, Bodo leaders have reacted sharply to the arrest.

BPF MLA, Transport Minister Chandan Brahma said, "Mono Kumar Brahmo is absolutely innocent which is already shown in the gun recovery from his house. This is totally designed."

MP, BPF Sansuma K Bwiswmuthiary said, "Right now there's no that kind of a decision. Time and citizens will tell us what has to be done, what needs to be done." For the displaced people of Kokrajhar caught in the politics of rehabilitation, the message of trying to rein in a coalition partner legitimately might have come in a bit too late.