Immigrants out, beep Assam mobiles by Digambar Patowary
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, Guwahati: An RSS-backed organisation has been flooding cellphones in Assam with SMSes warning of a "silent invasion" of the state by Bangladeshi migrants.
In May, a similar SMS campaign urging for economic boycott of the migrants had triggered a massive exodus of Muslims, many genuine Indian citizens, from the Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Tinsukia. "Our motherland is in danger. Bangladeshi Muslims are silently invading Assam to occupy her. Let us take an oath to protect Assam from Bangladeshi Muslims forever — Lok Jagaran Manch, Assam", goes the SMS, popping up on mobile display screens across the state.
The Lok Jagaran Manch (LJM)’s campaign has been inspired by a club in Dibrugarh, Chriring Chapori Yuva Manch, which in May came up with the idea of using SMSes to muster public support for its "cause." The club asked the Assamese not to employ any suspected Bangladeshi migrants for odd jobs, not to rent out houses to suspected Bangladeshi migrants and called for a complete economic blockade of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
The SMS campaign comes days before a LJM in Guwahati on November 24 to take an oath to fight against "Bangladeshi migrants". The outfit is playing on local sentiments by holding the rally on Lachit Divas, celebrated throughout the state to mark the birth anniversary of the great Ahom general who defeated Aurangzeb’s forces in 1672.
(Source : TNN)