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BNC discusses law & order in Bodo belt

Kokrajhar, Aug. 27: An executive meeting of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) was held today at Runikhata in Chirang district to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in the Bodo belt.

The conference expressed its serious concern and condemned the killing of school student Priya Basumatary by rebels of the NDFB (Songbijit) faction at Dwimuguri village under Runikhata police station in Chirang district on August 20 and abduction of four Bhutanese men from Pathabari village near Kokrajhar earlier this month.

Priya was dragged out from her house and shot from close range. The militants suspected her to be a police informer.

The BNC is organising a peace rally at Kajalgaon in Chirang on Monday. A team from the conference will also visit Assam-Nagaland border with relief materials.

The conference, a conglomeration of 25 organisations, condemned the spate of killings, kidnapping and extortion carried out by the NDFB (S) and appealed to the rebels to restrain from carrying out such gruesome acts.

“The BNC urged groups and organisations to stay away from unlawful, gruesome activities like as they serve no purposes,” conference secretary Kampa Borgoyary said.

The main aim and objectives of the BNC, which was formed in 2010, was unification of Bodo groups and organisations and work out ways and means to bring unity, peace and development in the Bodo belt, which saw a lot of bloodshed and killing in the last couple of years.

Borgoyary said since the formation, they have been working to create a congenial and peaceful atmosphere not only among the Bodo groups but all sections of people.

The conference urged the rebel groups to come forward for peace negotiations with the government.

“We also urge the government to create a favourable atmosphere and hold talks with the outfit,” he said.