| A jawan stands guard during a strike in BTAD. File picture |
Kokrajhar, Nov. 30: The lone Lok Sabha MP from Kokrajhar, Sansuma Kunggur Bwiswmuthiary, said the Bodos had been left with no other alternative but to demand creation of a separate state of Bodoland to solve their socio-economic and political problems.
He urged the Centre to take appropriate steps to help expedite the process of the state’s creation on the north bank of the Brahmaputra on the lines of the states of Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chattisgarh in order to accord equitable political and economic justice to the Bodo people.
The MP raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during zero hour yesterday and drew the House’s attention to the overall crucial situation and the ongoing police atrocities in BTAD and other riot-affected areas of lower Assam.
He also decried the alleged discrimination against indigenous Bodo people by the state administration. “The ongoing atrocities and harassment meted out to Bodo people in the BTAD by the police and other security personnel through indiscriminate arrests, detention of innocents and also use of both physical and mental torture on them, on the pretext of nabbing the culprits behind the fresh round violence, have become a matter of serious concern and great regret,” he said.
“It is also extremely unfortunate that the Bodo community as a whole is being singled out as being solely responsible for the recent violence in Bodoland and lower Assam while the aggressors, who attacked the Bodos, are being treated as the sole victims. Such discriminatory action against the Bodos amounts to violation of their human rights, civil liberties as well as their rights as indigenous people.
“It is also a notable fact that these arbitrary actions of the state administration have compounded the problem of resettlement of the genuine villagers who were displaced during the riots,” he said.
Bwiswmuthiary said the Bodos had been left with no alternative but to demand creation of a separate state of Bodoland as the final solution to the multifarious ethno-political and socio-economic problems and issues of the Bodo and indigenous tribal people.
He urged the Union government to immediately restrain the state government for letting loose a reign of terror on the Bodos.