DIPHU, Oct 09: Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS) expressed serious concern over the public stating that sentiment could be aroused both in Karbi and Assamese societies by showcasing of Kangthilangso waterfall as Abhi-Neel Waterfall in a particular puja pandal in the state capital in Guwahati. This was stated in a press statement issued by JACAS chairman Khorsing Teron here this evening.
The statement said that as appeared in a section of press and online news portal, the Lakhimandir Durga Puja Committee, Beltola, Basistha Road, Guwahati is going to showcase ‘Abhi-Neel waterfall’ in their puja pandal to highlight the mob lynching of Abhijit Nath and Nilotpal Das at Panjuri village on June 8, 2018 suspecting them to be child’s lifters.
“The idea of highlighting the incident is an attempt to rake it up with intent upon arousing public anger against the Karbis which ultimately could lead to communal flare up and will further damage the age-old cordial relationship between the Assamese and Karbis. “We strongly oppose the provocative idea of the Lakhimandir Durga Puja Committee and have lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metropolitan District by a letter dated October 8, 2018,” stated the statement. They also said that we are constrained to take the idea of showcasing the ‘Abhi-Neel waterfall’ as part of the unrelenting hate campaign by some vested interest individual so that the Karbis are branded as a criminal tribe for which we will not be tolerated,” said JACAS.
JACAS also appealed the district administration of Kamrup Metropolitan District to take appropriate action to organisers for the greater interest of peace and communal harmony and dissuade the Lakhimandir Puja Committee from showcasing the ‘Abhi-Neel waterfall.