DIPHU, Nov 25: Left leaning faction of Karbi Students Association (KSA) led by Simeon Rongphar along with 15 other social organisations of Karbi Anglong called for a 12-hour Karbi Anglong bandh on Monday opposing the Union government’s move to grant ST(Hills) status to the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts.
“We are not opposing the Bodo Peace Accord signed between extremist organisation and the Centre on February 10, 2003. They should understand that we are not against them,” KSA president Simeon Rongphar said while making the announcement on the bandh.
“Peace should be maintained during the bandh. I appeal to all to cooperate with us,” he said.
Emergency services like supply of milk, water and students having exams have been exempted from the purview of the bandh. “I appeal to the competent authority to scrap Clause 8 of Bodo peace Accord and implement Article 244(A) of the Constitution of India as promised in the last election campaign by BJP.” he further said.
Other organizations which have called the bandh are Karbi Anglong Women Justice Forum (KAWJF), Students Youth Council (SYC), Hills Progressive Youth Association (HPYA) and All India Karbi Students Union (AIKSU).