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Former MLA held for flag gaffe – AGP leader in jail; Independence Day peaceful despite strike

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 17, 2009

BSF personnel participate in a march past as part of Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds in Diphu, Karbi Anglong, on Saturday.

BSF personnel participate in a march past as part of Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds in Diphu, Karbi Anglong, on Saturday.

Aug. 16: Former AGP legislator Dalim Roy was arrested in Dhubri yesterday on charges of dishonouring the Tricolour.

Sources said Roy, a former MLA from Golokganj Legislative Assembly constituency, on learning that someone had unfurled the national flag on his (disputed) land by National Highway 31 at Halakura, rushed to the spot and uprooted the pole with the Tricolour and threw it into a pond.

Roy was later brought to Dhubri and produced before a judicial magistrate and sent to jail. Assistant superintendent of police Hitesh Chandra Roy said he was booked for dishonouring the Tricolour and if convicted, could face three years in prison.

Independence Day in the rest of the Northeast passed off peacefully though some states were affected by a joint general strike called by several militant outfits.

Security forces in Assam heaved a sigh of relief as the day saw no such revenge attacks by Ulfa and the NDFB that the intelligence reports had warned of. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi led the way by participating in the central function in Guwahati despite the 12-hour strike that left the streets wearing a near-deserted look.

Addressing the gathering, Gogoi underscored the various activities taken up by his government for the development of the state and appealed to the militant outfits to shun the path of violence.

Vowing to take strict action against militancy, Gogoi said: “Because of militancy, many innocent lives have been lost, several people disabled, women widowed and children orphaned. The government will never tolerate these violent activities and is committed to wiping out terrorism from the state.”

The day also passed off peacefully in Manipur. Most of the people remained indoors; shops and market places were closed and vehicles stayed off roads. At the main function held at the 1st Manipur Rifle parade ground, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh called on all sections of the people to stand together and contribute their might to restore peace and speed up the pace of development.

“The culture of violence has been hampering development and now we must work together to restore peace.”

In Nagaland, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, addressing the gathering at Secretariat Plaza, said permanent peace would only be possible if all aspects of the Naga people and their sufferings are addressed with sincerity.

“The Naga problem goes beyond the boundaries of Nagaland and beyond international boundaries and a concerted political settlement must address all socio-political dynamics not restricted by man-made hurdles and boundaries,” he said.

Meghalaya chief minister D.D. Lapang stressed the need to fight terrorism and social evils which are plaguing the country as a whole and his state in particular.

Addressing the Independence Day celebrations in Shillong yesterday, Lapang said terrorism has emerged as a global problem, posing a threat to peace and security both at the national as well as the international level.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu highlighted his government’s ach-ievements in various sectors like road connectivity, health, education and power through the Centre’s flagship projects over one-and-half years.

Tripura, too, saw a peaceful Independence Day. Fearing militant attacks as on previous occasions, the state government had taken tight security measures, sounding an alert and deploying police and paramilitary forces.

Addressing the main Independence Day function at the Assam Rifles ground, chief minister Manik Sarkar renewed his call to banned militants “still languishing” underground to join the mainstream of life and contribute to nation-building.

Source:The Telegraph


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