Karbi Anglong Bodos await Shah’s visit with high hope

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HT Correspondent

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 21: Bodo organisations of Karbi Anglong on Sunday welcomed the visit of Union home minister Amit Shah who will visit the hill district on February 25.

During his first visit to the hill district, Shah will address a public meeting at Nurak Aklam, Den Gaon.

In a joint statement here, Karbi Anglong District Committee of Ex- BLT Welfare Society, Karbi Anglong District Committee of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Karbi Anglong District Committee of All Bodo students Union (ABSU), Karbi Anglong District Committee of All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF) Karbi Anglong District Committee Kachari Samaj and UBFO expected that Shah’s visit will bring a permanent solution to the decade long insurgency problem in the hill district.

The statement also said that the Union home minister’s visit will pave the way for creation of an autonomous state comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao under Article 244(A) of the Constitution of India.

The Bodo organisations expressed hope that the visit of the Union home minister will pave the way for the speedy development of the backward district.

The People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) and six other proscribed groups will lay down their arms before the Union home minister.

The PDCK has also declared a unilateral ceasefire since on February 20 in the run-up to the surrender ceremony.

Reportedly, PDCK chairman J K Lijang in a statement said that the organisation has decided to declare “unilateral cessation of hostilities to give impetus to resolve the vexed political conflicts among all stake holders.”

Lijang also hoped the Centre would respond with “seriousness and sincerity” to arrive at an amicable political situation.

In the meantime, the PDCK has submitted a memorandum addressed to Shah demanding a autonomous state for the Karbi tribal community claiming that is only “viable” solution towards harmonious co-existence between the hill tribes and the plain people.

The government has also called on the United People’s Revolutionary Front (UPRF) and Dimasa National Liberation Front (DNLF) to lay down their arms.

PDCK is active in Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao and some parts of Nagaon and Golaghat districts of Assam.

Earlier in November last year, police arrested the general secretary of the outfit from Karbi Anglong district.

Nongme Tungjang alias Sanjib Phangcho was arrested with arms from Thekerajan area under Bakalia police station in the hill district.

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