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March in Delhi for state

- 1000 activists submit memoranda on Bodoland

Kokrajhar, Dec. 11: Over a 1,000 activists under the banner of Peoplesí Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement today carried out a mass demonstration in Parliament Street, New Delhi, to put pressure on the Centre for creation of a separate state of Bodoland.

With festoons and banners, the demonstrators shouted slogans demanding Bodoland and deportation of illegal migrants from the region.

The NDFB (Progressive) and Borosa Foundation for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights supported the programme, with representatives from various communities like Bodos, Garos, Rabhas, Gorkhas, Karbis, Deoris, Sonowals, Barman Kacharis and Adivasis participating in the demonstration.

A memorandum was submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde comprising nine-point charter of demands, by a delegation, which included the chief convener of the committee, Jebra Ram Muchahary, and general secretary of NDFB (P), Gobinda Basumatary.

The charter includes the creation a separate state of Bodoland comprising 32 tribal belts and blocks and tribal sub-plan areas covering 25,478 square km on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra from the Sankosh river in the west to Sadiya in the east under Articles 2 and 3 with special provision to Article 371 (A) of the Constitution and expedite the dialogue with NDFB (P) for early and amicable solution of the long-standing problem.

The committee also demanded the granting of Sixth Schedule status to the existing non-territorial autonomous councils like the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, Tiwa Autonomous Council, Deuri Autonomous Council, Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council, Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council and Mising Autonomous Council, granting of Scheduled Tribe (hill) status to Bodo people living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Autonomous Territorial Council and Scheduled Tribe (plain) status to Karbi and Garo people living in the plains area of the proposed Bodoland.

Muchahary said the Bodos have been fighting for their legitimate rights since the past 40 years but the Centre had not conceded to their demand for a separate state.

He warned that Assam would burn again if the Centre did not solve the Bodoland problem.

Basumatary said the illegal migration problem would come to an end only if Bodoland is formed.

He said the Bodos have been fighting for the survival and identity of the Bodos and other indigenous people of the state and the region and they wanted to live with dignity and honour with the people of other communities.


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