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Demo, strike keep Bodo belt on boil

Kokrajhar, July 28: The BPPF staged a demonstration against the recent killings in Bodoland here today even as the ceasefire group of the NDFB called a 12-hour Assam bandh from 5am on Thursday in protest against the killing of one its cadres in the district this morning.

Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front (BPPF) leader Urkhao Gwra Brahma blamed Dispur for the continuous violence in autonomous administered districts.

He also appealed to the indigenous tribes of the state to stand united to fight against the government’s conspiracy to divide them.

Police sources said unidentified assailants attacked two motorcycle-borne cadres of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB)’s ceasefire group, Tarun Mushahary alias M. Thilang and Birlang Goyary, at Katrigacha under Kokrajhar police station this morning.

Mushahary, who was hit by three bullets including one on the head, died on the spot.

Goyary has been admitted to the Kokrajhar Rupnath Brahma civil hospital with bullet injuries in the thigh.

“We were on our way to Kokrajhar when we saw five persons waiting on the roadside. They fired indiscriminately at us,” Birlang said from the hospital bed.

NDFB spokesman S. Sanjarang blamed former BLT members for the attack and accused the state government of fanning fratricidal killing. The police have launched a manhunt in the area to apprehend the killers.

So far they appeared to be clueless regarding the persons involved in the attack.

“We are investigating the incident,” a police official here said.

Although the police are clueless about the persons involved in the attack, several leaders of the Bodo community feel that the recent attacks are part of Dispur’s conspiracy to divide the tribals.

Brahma, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP and ex-president of the All Bodo Students Union, told reporters during the protest rally organised by the BPPF at Pragati Bhavan here, “The ethnic communities of the state are under serious threat because of Dispur’s political conspiracy. It is playing a divide and rule policy for its own political gain. The killings and chaos in the tribal autonomous councils, especially in Bodoland, NC Hills and Karbi Anglong, is a results of Dispur’s conspiracy to keep the tribal community busy so that they cannot fight for their rights.”

He said over 150 innocent people were murdered in Bodoland in the past year and the people were aware of who was instigating the violence.

“If the tribal people do not stand united to fight democratically against this conspiracy, their very identity will perish,” he added.

The BPPF submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Carol Narzary, demanding legal and prompt action against the guilty and steps to sustain peace and normality in the area.

BPPF president Rabiram Narzary said there was a total breakdown of law and order in Bodoland.

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