Guwahati: Reacting to the Asom Gana Parishad’s disapproval that the State Government was ambiguous people on the issue of secret killings, government spokesperson and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that it was the AGP which was beating about the bush in its bid to redirect the main issue.
In a press conference, Sarma said that the State Government had never closed the Haque Commission of Inquiry into the kidnapping of Ananta Kalita; quite it extended the range of the inquiry by including all the cases of secret killings though a judicial commission.
Sarma said that “The AGP had constituted the Haque Commission on December 1, 1999 into the alleged kidnapping of Ananta Kalita but later in 2001, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, following a meeting with the editors of the State’s newspapers, decided on a judicial probe covering all the cases of secret killings. There is, therefore, no question of winding up the probe instituted by the AGP.”
Accusing AGP president and after that Chief Minister Prafulla Mahanta of having a hand in the secret killings, Sarma said that Mahanta was so far to be given clean chit in the matter.