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Forum to fight for separate state
- Demand for inclusion of 19 districts

Dinhata, Oct. 24: The demand for a separate state was raised afresh today as the Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party, Kamtapur People’s Party (Atul) and Assam’s All Koch Rajbangshi Students’ Union (Akrasu) came together to form a joint forum here.

Members of the three outfits converged on Nripendra Narayan Smriti Sadan to acclaim the formation of the Greater Kamta United Forum.

According to Akrasu general secretary Pramesh Roy, the separate state of Kamtapur will include six north Bengal districts, 11 districts of Assam and two from Bihar.

“Ashutosh Barman, the president of the Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party, was nominated the secretary of the new forum and Atul Roy of the KPP is the president,” said Bhabesh Barman, convenor, Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party. Three members from each of the three outfits will form the executive committee, he said.

Atul Roy, the president of the KPP, said: “We are fighting against the misrule reigning at the Writers’ Buildings. The same movement is being conducted by the Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party, while the Akrasu is fighting against the misrule in Assam. Our common goal is to secure a separate state of Kamtapur.”

The CPM, however, refused to give any importance to the formation of the forum. Chandi Pal, the CPM district secretary, said: “This is nothing but a drama. The people will reject them. These people have already proved their anti-social credentials by killing police men last year.”

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