Dec. 9: The Kamtapur Liberation Organisation has said it is discarding the “packages” planned by the state government for the socio-economic improvement of the Rajbangshi population in north Bengal and will regroup soon.
The state government, so far, has taken up a series of initiatives for the improvement of areas like Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling where Rajbangshis are a majority.
There had also been announcements from the state that if the KLO militants returned to the mainstream, the government would see that they were properly rehabilitated through different developmental schemes.
Prananarayan Koch, the self-styled assistant general secretary of KLO, issued a press release via e-mail yesterday. “Packages cannot stop the Kamtapuri national struggle. KLO was formed by Jiban Singha to recover Kamtapur motherland not taking for package. So, we strongly condemn for this dirty plan of government,” reads the first three lines of the mail by Koch.
With KLO raising its pitch again, north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb reiterated that the government would not allow any attempt to foil peace in north Bengal.
“The state is keen on the development of north Bengal and simultaneously, wants socio-economic development of different communities living in the region. We have already set up establishments like Rajbangshi Academy and Thakur Panchanan Burma University. Work is going on under different schemes to help the Rajbangshi populace living below poverty line,” he said.