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Absu call to shun violence

Kokrajhar, July 30: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) today expressed concern over rise in crime in the Bodo belt and appealed to the groups involved to stop such activities.

Speaking on the 18th death anniversary of Jwhwlao Swmbla Basumatary, which Absu observes as anti-terrorism day, at Basugaon Goybari in Chirang district today, Absu president Pramod Boro said, “It is unfortunate that extortions, kidnappings are on the rise creating an unhealthy environment in the region. It has to be stopped.” Basumatary, a former president of Absu, was gunned down by militants on July 30, 1996.

Boro urged groups involved in criminal activities to shun the path of violence and help create a healthy environment. He said it was high time to differentiate the wrong path from the right and to take steps to build a clean society for the survival and security of the Bodo community.

The northeastern regional manager of ActionAid, an international NGO, Mrinal Gohain, attended the programme as chief guest. A signature campaign against anti-terrorism and a blood donation camp was organised as part of the programme.