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Kokrajhar curfew lifted

Kokrajhar, June 3: The Kokrajhar district administration has decided to withdraw the ongoing night curfew in the district, which was enforced on May 2.

The decision was taken at an all-party peace meeting held at the deputy commissionerís conference hall here today, chaired by Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade. Representatives of various organisations and parties like Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Santhali Sahitya Sabha, All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Absu, AAMSU, ABMSU, AKRSU, BPF, senior citizens and members of various NGOs participated in the meeting.

The meeting discussed the ongoing night curfew, clamped after violence erupted in Kokrajhar and Baksa. Most of the organisations, NGOs and citizens demanded that the curfew be lifted because the people were facing a lot of hardship.

Leaders of some organisations, including ABMSU and AAMSU, however, were in favour of continuation of night curfew in Kokrajhar.

They tried to reason with the deputy commissioner that indigenous people go for frog hunting in the nearby villages at night, sparking fear and tension among the people in the area.

The deputy commissioner opined that the frog hunters should restrict their movement to areas around their homes and within the vicinity of their villages only.

ďAs it is a part of the tribal tradition, we cannot stop such practices. For the time being, we should restrict the people from venturing outside their villages for hunting at night, he said. Frog meat is a delicacy among the Bodos and other tribal groups.

It was decided that there is a need to hold such peace meetings at the circle and block levels in different parts of the district involving leaders and representatives of various communities to build confidence among the people. The deputy commissioner directed the Kokrajhar district information and public relations officer to organise peace meeting at the respective circle offices.

He also urged all to work in unity for peace and development of the district and the region.

He also urged the people not to believe in rumours and inform the administration or the police in case of emergency or any development.