Bongaigaon, Sept. 30: The Biswajit Ray faction of All Koch-Rajbongshi Student Union (AKRSU) today called for a 36-hour Assam strike on Thursday in protest against the recent attack on Ray and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
However, the Hiteswar Barman faction of AKRSU, which called a 100-hour Assam bandh from today, withdrew the call after a “fruitful” discussion with the Bongaigaon district administration.
A group of youths attacked Ray at Borpara in Bongaigaon town when he was going to print some documents last Friday. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Ray suffered head injuries in the attack. However, he is improving and is likely to be discharged from hospital within the next few days.
AKRSU general secretary Pradip Ray told reporters here that there was political conspiracy behind the attack on Biswajit last week and a CBI inquiry must be conducted to arrest the culprits. He said the attackers are still at large.
Following the Centre’s decision to create a separate state of Telangana, several ethnic organisations and groups in Assam have been calling strikes and blockades to intensify their demands for statehood.
While the Absu is carrying out a mass movement for Bodoland, AKRSU has stepped up its movement for Kamtapur state for the Koch Rajbongshi community.
According to AKRSU, Kamtapur should cover six districts of north Bengal and 15 districts of Assam, from Dhubri to Dhemaji on the north bank of the Brahmaputra and Goalpara, Kamrup (rural), Kamrup (metro) and Morigaon districts on the south bank.
The Biswajit Ray faction of AKRSU has convened an urgent executive meeting on October 5 to decide the future course of action of its Kamtapur movement.
The attack on Biswajit also came a day after he held a meeting with the Bodoland People’s Front leadership and reportedly declared he did not have any objection to Bodoland state and that the territories of the two proposed states, which overlap, could be worked out in the future.