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Union warns of agitation

Bongaigaon, July 9: The All Koch-Rajbongshi Student’s Union (Biswajit Ray faction) today said if it did not get positive response from the Centre to their demands of Kamtapur and Scheduled Tribe (ST) status by next week, the student faction would resume its agitation from New Delhi.

This faction staged a three-hour demonstration from 11am today to press for their demands of Kamtapur and ST status in front of Jantar Mantar in New Delhi before submitting memorandum to Prime Minister, home minister and tribal affairs minister.

“This is our last demonstration in Delhi, we demand to hold the next tripartite talks (between the AKRSU, state and Union governments) by August 15, announce final decision on ST issue within the next six months and to solve the Kamtapur demand politically by 2015,” AKRSU president Biswajit Ray told The Telegraph from Delhi.

Ray said a five-member AKRSU team would stay in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and tribal affairs minister Jual Oram to know their response. The Hiteswar Barman-led AKRSU faction would also head to Delhi this month but the date has not been fixed yet. “We will meet Prime Minister and home minister for early solution of our pending demands,” the general secretary of the faction, Troilokya Ray, said.

He added that the Union government could include the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the tribal list as it has sufficient ground to get the status based on the precedents and recommendations during last governments.

Ray said they would celebrate their foundation day across two days on July 29 and 30 at Basugaon in Chirang district and on those days they would chalk out their plan to carry forward their movement for their demands of Kamtapur and ST status.

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