Kokrajhar, Oct. 31: Another body was recovered in Baksa today amid escalating tension after yesterday’s clash between bandh supporters and detractors at Dhumni and Jalagaon during a strike called by Oboro Suraksha Somittee and allied organisations to protest against Bodoland statehood demand.
The district administration imposed a curfew which remained in force for the second day today.
A body was recovered from a rivulet between Jalagaon and Nalbari under Mushalpur police station in Baksa district today. It is yet to be identified. Sources, however, said the body could be that of one Bidyut Kaltia of Dakhin Ahapar, who went missing after yesterday’s clash.
One person was killed and another injured in a clash between strike supporters and people in Baksa district yesterday during a bandh called by the Somittee and allied organisations. Five houses at Dhumni and two houses at Palasguri were vandalised in the clash which started after strike supporters tried to impose it at Dhumni under Mushalpur police station in Baksa.
Curfew has been imposed in Dhumni and neighbouring Simla where the clashes took place. The Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front (BPPF) termed the clash in Baksa a conspiracy by a section of people to create disturbance in the “Bodoland” region.
Talking to reporters during a news conference at Kokrajhar Press Club here today, BPPF president Rabiram Narzary urged police to identify the people or groups trying to create communal disturbances. “This is not a good sign and the government should take necessary steps to control the situation before it spirals out of control.” He demanded the state government and the BTC administration take necessary steps to tackle communal forces.
“Any organisation formed to target a community is undemocratic. If anybody has any demand or grievances, demand it from the government and take your grievances to the authorities concerned, but targeting a community is unlawful and undemocratic. Everybody has the right to raise voice for democratic rights in a democratic way and we are ready to support any group doing that, but no one has the right to target a community or form an organisation aimed at targeting a community.”
BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary slammed Somittee leaders Hareswar Barman and Brajen Mahanta for yesterday’s group clash in Baksa that claimed two lives and left houses vandalised.
Talking to reporters, Mohilary accused Somittee leaders of instigating the clash. Expressing deep concern over the incident, he said so-called leaders like Barman and Mahanta are mainly responsible for clash between pro and anti-strike mobs. He said leaders like Hareswar Barman and Brajen Mahanta are trying to create communal disturbance through provoking speeches. Mohilary appealed to all sections of community to maintain and peace and harmony.
ABMSU rally: The All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) today took out a rally in protest against kidnappings, extortions, killings, murders and other criminal activities in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). The students’ union also demanded proper rehabilitation of victims of last year’s violence in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts.
Hundreds of slogan-shouting activists and students holding banners, placards and festoons participated in today’s rally. It started from Makrapara Lower Primary School and ended at Kokrajhar deputy commissioner’s office premises through Jwhwlao Dwimalu(JD)-Civil Line road.