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Vicious environment prevailing: TMC leaders after meeting families of Tinsukia victims

IANS  |  Guwahati/Kolkata 

A vicious environment of "aggressive regionalism" is prevailing in the country, said a delegation that visited Dhala in Assam's district, where militants gunned down five on November 1.

The four-member delegation comprising member Derek O'Brien, Lok Sabha Mamata Bala Thakur, and MLA Mahua Moitra visited the bereaved families on Sunday.

"The situation is really bad. In Gujarat, Biharis are expelled and in Bengalis are targeted like this," O'Brien told reporters in Dhala.

The TMC delegation also gave some monetary help to the bereaved families. "No amount of compensation will fill the void which the families of the deceased has suffered," he said.

In his social media post, O'Brien said: "Heart wrenching Sunday morning. Trinamool LS and MLA Mahua Moitra with the grieving mother. One of my saddest days in public life....Emotionally draining day for us. Sad. Sad. Sad."

Mahua Moitra said that since 2014, a vicious atmosphere has been created in the country by subversive forces who have been trying to divide the people in the name of community and religion.

She was alluding to the coming to power of BJP's Narendra Modi at the Centre.

The ruling party in had linked the killings to the ongoing exercise of of Citizens (NRC) in

Earlier in August this year, had sent a delegation of party leaders to the neighbouring state over the developments around NRC.

The party delegation was then detained at However, on Sunday, the delegation was provided security by the and local BJP MLA Bolin Chetia welcomed the members of the delegation.

Chief Minister said that some vested interests are hell bent on creating a rift in the state.

To strengthen the sense of security among the people living in Assam, Sonowal said: "Everybody is safe in Assam, as the is on its toes round-the-clock to defeat any evil design."

However, the Trinamool Congress said that the party has sought an appointment with to apprise him of the situation.

"A delegation comprising members of the 5 bereaved families and Trinamool leaders to meet @rashtrapatibhvn. Appointment has been sought from the Hon President," the Trinamool Congress tweeted.



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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 23:06 IST