| Bikers rally against illegal migrants in Kokrajhar on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Kokrajhar, Oct. 2: More than a thousand people participated in a district bike rally against illegal migrants and for restoration of peace and harmony in Assam today.
This is the third rally in the town and the first in the district since violence broke out in Kokrajhar on July 20 and spread to Chirang and Dhubri districts, killing at least 99 people and leaving around four lakh homeless.
The bikers started from Bodofa Nwgwr BTC secretariat ground here at 9am and travelled to violence-affected areas like Dotma, Bhawarguri, Gossaigaon, Sapkata, Jaraguri, Srirampur, Bhumka, Tulsibil, Chautara, Citila, Sakti Ashram, Fakiragram and Magurmari before returning to the town around 4.30pm, travelling around 150km.
The rally was organised by the Kokrajhar district committee of the Ex-BLT Welfare Society and flagged off by its president and BTC member Indra Mahan Brahma.
The rallyists carried placards and festoons and shouted slogans, demanding early update of the NRC, detection and deportation of illegal migrants, protection of tribal belts and blocks and restoration of peace and harmony in the state. Stressing on these issues, Brahma said “Bodoland” had to face several problems in the past two months because of illegal migration.
Last month, the Co-ordination Committee for Communal Harmony and the All Bodo Students Union had rallied against illegal migration here. Thousands, irrespective of caste, creed, community and political affiliations had participated in these rallies.
According to a field study conducted by the district administration, 249 villages were affected in Kokrajhar during the riots. Of these, 126 are in Kokrajhar subdivision, 87 in Gossaigaon subdivision and 36 in Parbhatjhora subdivision. A total of 11,186 houses were fully damaged and 1,275 partially in the clashes.
Altogether 51,673 people — 10,416 Bodos, 41,206 minorities and 51 others — are still sheltered in 40 relief camps in the district. In Gossaigaon subdivision, 5,219 Bodos are sheltered in 11 relief camps, 40,629 Muslims in 16 camps and 51 inmates from other communities in one camp. In Kokrajhar subdivision, 5,033 Bodos are sheltered in nine relief camps and 306 Muslims in one camp. Parbatjhora has one relief camp each for the Bodos and Muslims, sheltering 164 and 271 inmates respectively.