A new incident that speaks of the resentment against illegal Bangladeshis in Assam, came to light on Sunday when a bunch of huts belonging to suspected illegal migrants was set ablaze by unidentified persons at Mulan Chapori in Margherita.
Police in connection with this incident, has detained four pro-talks United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) leaders, including the outfit’s former military commander Jiten Dutta, in Tinsukia district.
As many as 15-16 huts recently came up on a sandbar on the Burhidehing river, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra river, locals said.
As rumours going around that the settlers were illegal migrants, Jiten had urged police and the district administration to identify who built the huts in the tribal belt area. He had also exposed that he would forcefully evict the people if the authorities failed to take action in 10 days.
At 5.30am on Sunday, Jiten — accompanied by other Ulfa leaders, cadres and hundreds of locals — set out for the area. Anticipating trouble, a huge police contingent — led by Tinsukia SP Mugdhajyoti Mahanta — set up a barricade 2 km ahead of the site.