Dhubri, Aug. 31: A “Kamtapur” state is the birthright of the Koch Rajbongshis living in Assam and Bengal, president of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) Biswajit Ray said today.
He said they have long been deprived of their socio-economic and political rights but now the community is up against these discriminations meted out to them by central and state governments. He was addressing the first mass convention of the Koch Rajbongshi community at Gauripur Mahamaya field in Dhubri district.
Ray, while narrating the historical background of Koch dynasty rule over a vast area of Assam and Bengal, said when India gained Independence, an agreement of annexation was signed between Koch king of Cooch Behar, Maharaja Jagaddipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur and the government of India on August 28, 1949. Therein it was clearly stated the Cooch Behar “state” would be given a status of a “C” class state. “But after 64 years of that agreement, the central government has not taken any step to create the state though our demand for a separate Kamtapur state has been raised since the formation of AKRSU in 1990,” Ray alleged. He said their movement for a state has prompted the Centre to invite them for talks on their demand on September 3 in New Delhi.
A delegation of the union had already submitted related documents and “map of Kamtapur state” to the Union home minister’s office a couple of days back. Ray said if talks fail and the Centre does not concede to their demand for a “Kamtapur state”, the students’ union will intensify its agitation and its members “will not hesitate to die for it”.
Ray also appealed to the community to speak their own language as Koch Rajbongshis spread across Assam, Bengal, Nepal, Meghalaya and other parts of Assam speak different languages. Nearly 10,000 people of Koch Rajbongshi community attended the convention.
Ray said a delegation of 35 members, led by him, would leave for New Delhi tomorrow to attend the tripartite talks involving the Union and state governments on September 3.