Kokrajhar, Aug. 26: Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) president and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary today advised the state government against using the divide-and-rule policy to start talks with militant groups as it serves no purpose in the long run.
Addressing reporters in Kokrajhar today, Mohilary said the government should be serious about holding meaningful dialogue with the rebel outfits for a lasting solution, “instead of divide-and-rule policy to weaken the groups”.
The government should not think that dividing the groups would weaken them. This has served no purpose, rather complicates the situation and the common people are the worst sufferers,” said Mohilary, who once led the now defunct Bodo Liberation Tiger.
Mohilary’s fear was evident after school student Priya Basumatary was shot dead by NDFB (S) cadres at Dwimuguri village in Chirang district on August 20. The militants compelled villagers to gather at a place and then shot her dead in front of them. They accused the girl of being a police informer.
Moreover, Mohilary threatened to resign en masse if Baksa SP’s alleged atrocities against BPF workers continue. Talking to reporters at the BTC secretariat conference hall here in Kokrajhar today, Mohilary alleged high-handedness and atrocities by Baksa superintendent of police Mojibur Rahman against party workers.
“He is harassing innocent BPF workers and their family members by arresting them without any reason,” Mohilary said.
Mohilary said the official has even withdrawn the PSOs of BTC member Ansumwi Kunggur Boro on August 23 but “reinstated after BPF elected members and MLAs threatened to surrender their security”.
“There are many people with FIRs against them, but it does not mean that their SPOs should be withdrawn,” Mohilary said, naming some leaders with cases against them.
“The action by the official indicates that he is hatching a conspiracy to eliminate Boro by withdrawing his PSOs,” Mohilary added.
The BTC chief also said the police are constantly harassing many of the party workers and their family members. “If this kind of harassment continues, we would be forced to withdraw en masse, he said.
Rahman, however, refuted the allegation.
The senior police officer said the SPOs of Ansumwi Kunggur Boro was “temporarily withdrawn” after it was found that he was not taking them with him. He has two PSOs and they were asked to come to the headquarters for questioning in connection with a case registered against Boro but were sent back, the SP said.
“Boro has a case registered against him by student leader Monoj Das, before the latter was shot dead on July 23 at Mushalpur Chawkunder in Baksa,” he said. The SP said the BTC member is wanted in connection with threatening the student leader before he was shot dead but was absconding.
Two persons — Ajit Das and Hameswar Basumatary — were arrested in connection with the killing.