The Non-Bodo Suraksha Samity has alleged that surrendered cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) openly carry arms with them in the BTAD area
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 29: Coming down heavily on the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary, the Non-Bodo Suraksha Samity said the BTC chief would use the package declared by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the people in the violence-hit BTAD area for purchase of arms and ammunition.
Addressing reporters here on Sunday, the president and the general secretary of the Non-Bodo Suraksha Samity, Brojen Mahanta and Jogeswar Kalita respectively, said Hagrama Mohilary would use the financial package for arming newly floated Bodo Revolutionary Tiger Force (BRTF), an insurgent group, which had already started its operations in the BTAD area.
The Prime Minister who visited the strife-torn Kokrajhar district announced a financial package of Rs 300 crore for the aid and relief to the riot victims in the BTAD area.
The Samity also said the memorandum submitted by Mohilary to the Prime Minister accused the Samity for instigating the ethnic violence in Kokrajhar district. “On one hand, Mohilary is suspecting the hands of cross border Bangladeshi nationals in the ethnic clashes in Kokrajhar and on the other; he is blaming us for the whole incident,” said Mahanta, adding, “Mohilary’s allegation against us is baseless and he should stop issuing such statements.”
The Samity members said, “Both Mohilary and Dispur are behind the ethnic violence in Kokrajhar.”
The Samity members further said such statements by Mohilary against the non-Bodo communities could trigger further violence. “Mohilary should keep some restraint as the situation in the BTAD is still volatile,” they said.
The Samity members alleged that surrendered cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) openly carry arms with them in the BTAD area. “Has Mohilary any answer in this regard?” they said, adding, “The loopholes in the BTC Accord signed in 2005 are behind the past and the present ethnic clashes in the Bodo areas. The loopholes need to be rectified first to bring permanent peace in the Bodo areas.”
The Samity blames Mohilary for playing a game to remove the non-Bodo people from the BTAD area by taking resort to ethnic cleansing. “The State Government should invite all the groups from the BTAD to sit for talks and bring out a permanent solution to the Bodo imbroglio,” said Kalita.
On the claim of the Bajrang Dal for banning AAMSU and ABMSU, the Samity members said the Bajrang Dal should not issue such controversial statements.