Borjhar, Aug 24: The Aboro Suraksha Somittee stepped up their protest, opposing further division of Assam, with 3,000 of their members staging a demonstration at Rangiya in Kamrup district today.
The Somittee members protested in front of the Hardutta and Birdutta Bhawan in Rangiya, opposing the demand for a separate state of Bodoland. They demanded the exclusion of non-Bodo villages from areas under the Bodoland Territorial Council.
The Somittee also criticised the Centre’s decision to call the All Bodo Students’ Union for tripartite talks. Purna Kanta Mahanta, the Somittee’s working president, said they would not accept the outcome of a one-sided talk, if they were not invited as well. “The non-political organisations including non-Bodo groups must be invited for fruitful talks,” Mahanta demanded.
The Somittee insisted that the government should also hold talks with the groups representing non-Bodo people. He said many people from outside the BTAD areas also joined today’s protest. “We are against the demand for Bodoland. We consider it a baseless one as there is only 23 per cent of Bodo people living in the BTC area while 87 per cent are non-Bodos,” Mahanta said.
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi, however, recently rubbished the argument on the population pattern, saying Bodos became a minority because of continuous migration from states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Bengal and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.
Mahanta said the Somittee would launch protests in Guwahati as well and stage a gherao at Dispur.
It will also block railway tracks on September 3 at Pathsala in Nalbari district.