Friday 24 October 2014 Home | Sitemap | Contact Us

  Research Papers  |  Books  |  Items
Security Trends South Asia » North East » Rabha Situation in Assam
Security Risks Monitor

Mar 4, 2013

Print Bookmark Email

Rabha Situation in Assam

Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde outlined the situation in Rabha-Hasong areas of Assam in Rajya Sabha on 27.02.2013 in Goalpara district of Assam as follow:-

“An issue was raised in the House concerning deaths of people in connection with the Panchayat elections in Goalpara District of Assam due to large scale disturbances and violence resorted to by people protesting the elections. Sir, in this regard I would like to first provide the background of this incident.

The State Government of Assam had established a Rabha – Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) in 1995 through a State Legislation. The Council was primarily created for socio-economic, educational and cultural advancement of the Rabha tribe. There had been demands for inclusion of all Rabha villages in the Council. After long deliberations, 779 villages were notified as falling under RHAC. These villages are located within the geographical boundaries of Goalpara and Kamrup districts. From time to time, demands have been raised to bring the Council under the sixth schedule to the Constitution of India. Other tribes and non-tribals living in this area are opposed to this demand. It is to be noted that the RHAC being under a State Legislation, continuation of Panchayati Raj institutions in the area remained mandatory under Constitutional provisions.

When the Panchayat elections became due, the Rabhas demanded elections to RHAC to be conducted before the Panchayat elections. But the Council constituencies were awaiting delimitation. Considering this and other logistical and law and order issues, the State Election Commission decided to hold the Panchayat elections first in the month of February and the elections to RHAC on 30th April, 2013.

Out of the eight districts which went to third phase of the Panchayat elections on 12th of February, 2013, polls passed off peacefully in seven districts. But in Goalpara District, it was disrupted by a large group of miscreants who attacked polling personnel as well as the security forces at many places. 25 security personnel and ten polling personnel got injured. The security forces had to resort to firing to control the violence at six places. This resulted in deaths of 14 persons. Other seven persons died due to ethnic clashes. Despite the disruption of poll process, polling could be completed successfully in 636 polling stations out of 807 polling stations going to polls in the district.

In order to control the situation Army was deployed in the area. Besides, additional six companies Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) were provided to the State Government in addition to 43 companies of CAPF deployed in Goalpara District on 12.02.2013. Curfew was clamped in the violence affected area and Army flag march was conducted. Another four columns of army were kept as standby. The situation which had the potential to become an ethnic carnage could be controlled in less than 24 hours. [Extracts]

Related Tags


Article by Same Author

China Ministry of Defence Coy about Joint Command
Indo-Nepal Combined Exercise
Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Gets More Funds
Indian army International Co-operation in 2013
Bangladesh police arrest three radical Islamists
India Defence Private Sector Gets A Boost
PM presents DRDO awards
LCA Tejas Gets Initial Operational Clearance for Induction into IAF
Obama underlines Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan
North East – Status of Cease Fire and Talks with Various Groups
Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley's Statement on Border Situation
India China Special Representative Talks on 28th June
India ASEAN Relations Expanding East
Joint Statement on the Fifth India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue
India Brazil Expand Defence Cooperation
Defence Forces Continue to be on Standby for Flood Relief
COAS Closing Remarks Army Commander’s Conference
IAF Flypast on 08 October - IAF Day
Joint Communiqué: Second United States-India Homeland Security Dialogue
India Says Sri Lanka Relationship Special
Bring separate resolution against Sri Lanka, Jayalalithaa tells Indian government
The China-India border issue
Indian PM Reviews Projects in North East
India China to become Yin-Yang Circle Says Khurshid
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Takes Over as New COSC
‘Physical fitness Standards of Pakistan Soldiers
India Tags Russia US Agreement on Syrian Chemical Weapons
Opposing force helps China toughen up troops
Air Chief Inaugurates Eastern Air Command Commanders’ Conference
Bengaluru Gears up to Host Aero-India 2013
Prime Minister Dedicates URI-II Power Station (240 Mw) To The Nation
Quality of Equipments Developed by DRDO
Pakistan’s Defence Budget – An Expected Boost
India's Quest for Permanent UN Membership
Remarks by PM Modi at Press Briefing With President Xi
Joint Press Statement on India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee Meeting on Fisheries related issues
All Party Meeting Condemns Naxal violence
Prime Minister Modi's SAARC Focus
Indian Prime Minister's Five Point Foreign Policy
National Security Adviser Calls for Indian Theory on Geopolitics
Almaty Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference
Intrusion in Jammu and Kashmir
Text of PM's Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal
'India in the 21st Century World'
Forest Fire Fighting Operations by MI-17 V5 in Nagaland
MHA committed to find solution to Manipur situation, wants UNC to call off blockade
Failure of Maoist Coercive Election Strategy
Employment Opportunities for Youth In Jammu and Kashmir
India-US Energy Dialogue
PM in New York

Y! MyWeb

Home | Security Trends South Asia | Security Issues South Asia | Top Stories | Publication  | Events | About Us | Contact Us | Disclaimer  | Privacy Policy
© Copyright of Security-risks 2014 All Rights Reserved Web Design India Internet
In case you come across any suspicious activity, any suspicious movement or have any information to tell to the Anti-Terror Squad, please take a note of the new ALL INDIA TOLL-FREE Terror Help-line "1090". Your city's Police or Anti-Terror squad will take action as quickly as possible. Remember that this single number 1090 is valid all over India. This is a toll free number and can be dialled from mobile phones also. Moreover, the identity of the caller will be kept a secret.

Please try to make aware each and every citizen of India about this facility.

BC is the westernmost of Canada's provinces and is famed for its natural beauty.Vancouver is BC's largest city.