Kokrajhar, Jan. 18: The All-Bodo Students Union (Absu) today staged a 12-hour hunger strike from 6am, demanding a separate Bodoland state.
In Kokrajhar, hundreds of Absu workers and local residents took out a rally at Raasmela field in Kokrajhar town.
Leaders of the People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement, Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front, United Democratic Peoples Front and NDFB (Progressive) participated in the rally.
Similar programmes were held in the district headquarters of Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.
Absu president Pramod Boro said they had anticipated a permanent solution to the Bodoland issue through the ongoing tripartite talks. However, the government had failed to resolve the issue.
He said the Bodo people living in this region would never compromise on the statehood issue, as their identity is under threat. Boro said the students’ union would resume national highway and railway blockades after January 26.
“The first round of tripartite talks was held on September 4 last year and the second round on November 27. We were assured of a third round of talks between December 21 and 23 but there has been no formal intimation from the government,” Jebra Ram Muchahary, the chief convener of the People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement, said.
He said the Boros and the other indigenous communities have been seeking a separate state for the last 46 years but the right to live in dignity has been denied intentionally and repeatedly.