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Tewary Commission Report
By Muhammad Hasibor
|Following the Nellie massacre in which
over 1800 Muslim men, women, children and infants were brutally killed on
18 February 1983, the one-member Tewary Commission was constituted by the
then chief minister of Assam, Hiteswar Saikia, to investigate into the
disturbances that took place in the state at the height of the
anti-foreigners’ movement launched by All Assam Students’ Union and
the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad.
Mr TD Tewary was the former chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh. He submitted
his 600-pages report on the bloody disturbances to the Assam government in
May 1984. But the report has been lying buried in the piles of government
files. It is yet to be made public.
In 1985, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) won the state Assembly elections and
formed government headed by PK Mahanta. During its regime about a dozen of
cases including that of Nellie massacre were withdrawn from various courts
of the state.
The killers of the innocent people are still at large. The relatives of
the Nellie’s victims were given a paltry Rs 5000 each as
‘compensation.’ They are still waiting for justice.
Denial of justice to the victims of injustices has created an unfortunate
situation in the state in which thousands of innocent people have lost
their lives and properties worth of crores of rupees.
There are demands that the present Congress (I) government in the state
should make the Tewary report public and revive all the criminal cases
dropped by the AGP government and punish all the perpetrators of the
heinous crimes during Assam agitation. q