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ASSAM-Understanding Bodo Nationalism

business unfettered. While the chief minister has denied that there have been excesses by the police who appear to have had a free hand in selectively detaining people illegally after the bomb blasts of December 1992, there are pointers which indicate otherwise. The protection that has been afforded to the underworld dons has resulted in a network which has played its role in every one of the public acts of violence. Following the death of Nayak for instance, there was much discussion about whether the AK-46 and AK-47 rifles which were used in the attack were part of the consignment of arms which had been smuggled into the country in connection with the bomb blasts or at some other point. Clearly it is the existence of the smuggling network originally for gold, electronic goods and later for drugs, etc, which made it possible for the bomb material and arms to be brought in then, as now. A much quoted report after the blasts was about how the policemen on duty at a particular post along the sea coast had stated they had seen the transfer of the consignment of smuggled arms from the sea but had dismissed it as being 'the usual smuggling activity1. While not every policeman in Bombay or the state had direct orders from political bigwigs to ignore or condone illegal activities, the ethos of turning a blind eye to questionable actions and events has become well-entrenched. And it is this substratum which has now made it possible for petty builders, industrialists or big time mafia dons and politicians to hire professional killers to deal with situations of all kinds

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