New Delhi, Aug. 30: The All Bodo Students Union (Absu) today submitted a 13-point memorandum to the Centre, demanding upgrade of the NRC, protection of tribal belts and blocks and a probe into the root causes of the recent violence.
A three-member Absu team met Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.
They asked for a broad-based policy that would include all sections of people as a confidence-building measure to restore peace.
They, however, made sure their point on citizenship was read. “No khas land and reserve forest should be used as dumping ground for rehabilitation of displaced people in the BTAD,” the memorandum, signed by Absu president Pramod Boro, general secretary Jiron Basumatary and adviser Rwng Gwra Narzary, stated.
The students demanded protection of tribal belts and blocks under Chapter X of the Assam Land & Revenue Regulation Act, 1886 by ensuring that non-tribals are not rehabilitated in these areas.
It said only bona fide citizens should be rehabilitated after proper scrutiny of their genuineness on the basis of land documents and the BTC should be taken into confidence while rehabilitating people.
It urged the government to evolve a national policy to deal with illegal migration, to look into the “rise of radical groups among Muslims and their probable link with international terrorist organisations” and to take timely action in the “interest of national security”.