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Rabhas iterate demands

Dhubri, Feb. 3: All Rabha Students’ Union (Arsu), All Rabha Woman National Council and Sixth Schedule Demand Committee today reiterated their demand for the inclusion of the community in the Sixth Schedule.

They demanded the state government send the proposal to the Centre during the on going session of the Assembly.

The group also wanted the government to take the decisions to hold election in the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council area,grant ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those who died during the ethnic clash last month, security to Rabhas living in Garo hills and compensation and rehabilitation to the displaced.

Arsu president Tonkeswar Rabha told The Telegraph over phone after staging a dharna at Dispur Last Gate today that they were fed up with government’s dilly-dallying policy on sending the proposal to the Centre for inclusion of the community in the Sixth Schedule and holding election in the autonomous council area immediately.

“We have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Tarun Gogoi and demanded that the government fulfilled our demands during current session of the Assembly,” Rabha said.

Rabha also alleged that the employees, daily-wage earners and driver-handymen of their community were still being physically tortured and as result many people belonging to the Rabha community living in Meghalaya could not resume their work.

“We want to ensure security to life and property and also proper compensation and rehabilitation. We also demand the deployment of army and permanent camps of the CRPF, SSB and BSF along the Assam-Meghalaya border,” he said.

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